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Suffragettes...Votes for women!

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GHeather Report 8 May 2013 17:28

Yes, I know about Annie Barnes and the book, I've read it StaffyKnot. I think a lot of Annie Barnes a wonderful woman! Hope others will read the book too. My relative wrote a book called: 'The life and Times of Bert Morgan', and I think she also mentions her in the book, which I think you can still buy. :-)


BarneyKent Report 8 May 2013 15:05

Heather - Annie Barnes was a suffragette, she eventually became a Councillor in Stepney, London. She wrote her autobiography, entitled, "Tough Annie", which was published in 1980. A second hand copy is available on Amazon for £7.99 plus p & p.


GHeather Report 8 May 2013 15:01

Thanks for that very interesting info StaffyKnot. :-D


BarneyKent Report 8 May 2013 14:56

My Aunt Belle was a suffragist. She explained to me that the Suffragettes were militant and were prepared to break the law to achieve their goals. Suffragists tried to get the vote for woman by peaceful means. In 1913, Sylvia Pankhurst and her sister Adela broke away from her Mother Emmeline and Sister Christabel's Women's Social and Political Union, (WSPU), because they did not agree with the extreme militancy, including arson, which the WSPU was engaged in. Sylvia later formed the East London Federation of Suffragettes, (Elfs). My Aunt was more in line with Sylvia.

Aunty Belle used to be so indignant about the unfairness to women as she related to my sister and I stories of those days. In the 1924 General Election she was still under the age of 30 and unable to vote. The man next door aged 22, who could not read and write, had to go to the Polling Station with his Father so that he could show him where to put his cross. Aunty BRISTLED as she said to us, "he was illiterate and got a vote, I was a teacher at a technical college and not allowed to!"

Bless her. I have been a supporter of women's equality all my life. (She would come back and haunt me if were not).


GHeather Report 8 May 2013 13:20

Anyone got an interesting story about a family member, or a person linked with your family who was part of the Suffragettes, votes for women! I think my nan was part of it, she knew someone called: Annie Barns or Barnies.