PIL­GRIMS’ PROGRESS

A cel­e­bra­tion of suf­frag­ists, suf­fragettes and po­lit­i­cal free­dom in Hearts And Minds

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Jane Robin­son’s bril­liant book – full of anec­dote, metic­u­lous his­tor­i­cal re­search and won­der­ful im­ages – tells the story of The Great Pil­grim­age, 1913, where thou­sands of peo­ple em­barked on a six-week protest march to­wards the cap­i­tal de­mand­ing Votes For Women. All the fa­mous fig­ures are here – the Pankhursts, with their mil­i­tant at­ti­tudes, and deeds-not-words stance and Mil­li­cent Fawcett, who was anti-vi­o­lence – but she also tells the sto­ries of or­di­nary women: of teach­ers and pit girls, duchesses and fish­wives, all who per­suaded the coun­try and Par­lia­ment to lis­ten to them, and trans­formed the lives of women*, po­lit­i­cally and per­son­ally. (

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