Society has changed a lot in the last one hundred years, particularly the treatment of and views towards women. Whilst there is still much more that needs to be done, society has progressed and the name of one woman more than any other is synonymous with starting this change, Emmeline Pankhurst.
As a child, Emmeline was fascinated by the stories of those who stood up for others. When she learnt that women were treated very differently to men and were not afforded the same opportunities she knew something had to be done. Inspired by the heroic stories that she read, Emmeline knew what she had to do, she must change the world. And that she would do in the most remarkable of ways…
Emmeline Pankhurst’s story is one of bravery, courage, standing up for what you believe in and a determination to change the world. For years, Emmeline struggled and battled against a society that was unwilling to change. Her campaign for women’s rights often fell on deaf ears and she and her fellow campaigners would often be laughed at. Pankhurst was not without a ruthless and slightly naughty streak, when her words went unheard she took actions that could be seen - chaining herself to railings, breaking windows and setting fires would see her get arrested on numerous occasions. Whilst these things may seem wrong, it was the only way that Emmeline could get the policy makers to take notice.
The outbreak of the First World War provided the platform for the movement to flourish as women proved that they were capable of doing the jobs that the men who had gone off to war had left behind. Finally, Emmeline’s dream would come true, women had the right to vote. The sad part in all of this is that women were given the right to vote shortly after Emmeline had died. Though she did not get to witness the outcome of her endeavours, her legacy and her name is celebrated in the history books as the woman who changed the lives of all women forever.
Delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork and with a story told in short and simple sentences, this is a powerful read about a woman who was not willing to accept an unfair society. At the back of the the book there is a short overview of her life which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs
Recommended for 5+.