This book tells the story of the founding and the early years of the Labour Party, but with women added back in.
Between 1900 and 1918 women were active in the Suffragette movement, but they were also trade unionists, socialists, pacifists, public speakers, organisers and campaigners. Some campaigned for universal rather than limited female suffrage; others took an economic rather than a political view of how women could be liberated.
The story includes familiar names such as Millicent Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst and Keir Hardie, but also less well-known women including Margaret Bondfield, Mary Macarthur, Marion Phillips and Margaret MacDonald. It paints a vivid picture of the activism of a diverse range of women in the early twentieth century, and illuminates their involvement in the birth of the Labour and trade union movements.
Nan Sloane is a writer and activist with extensive experience of politics, feminism and the Labour Party. As the Director of the Centre for Women and Democracy she campaigned to increase women's participation in both civil society and politics, working with partners across the political spectrum. She has worked with female political activists in the Middle East, the Balkans and Africa and has trained hundreds of Labour women and public representatives in the UK. She has a lifetime's experience of politics, including as a local councillor and a member of Labour Party staff. She is currently working on a book about the Labour Party, internationalism and the rise of fascism between the two World Wars, again including women in the story.
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