This new edition of Liddington And Norris book is essential reading for anyone studying the history of the women's movement, or for anyone who is just merely interested. Immensely readable and without pretention, One Hand should be added to anyone's collection.
One Hand blows apart the popular myth that the sole arbiters of the Suffrage Movement were the upper and middle classes. It shows that the Pankhursts, whilst important in their way, were not the main contributors in the fight to gain the vote for women.
Centred around the textile industry were large numbers of women who were active in the Trade Union and Labour Movement. These were the women who, through hard work and determination, gained the respect and support of those men who would have to be influenced if the vote was to be won. The book also points out very successfully that the vote was not the be all and end all of the campaign as far as working class women were concerned. Their campaigns for employment rights and equality of opportunity were equally important, and in some ways it was far harder to achieve success in these fields, however they did succeed.
If you want to know how far we have travelled in the fight for equal rights, and how far we have to go to achieve that equality, then this book is as good a place to start as any. I would highly recommend it.