March, Women, March… Christmas Reading


March, Women, March Voices of the Women’s Movement may seem like add Christmas reading. To be honest only in the last year have I started reading non fiction. This was because we had a great donation through the Oxfam Balham Bookshop of popular politics and I picked this up after watching the film ‘Suffragette.’

The book explores the women’s movement in Britain, from the passing of the Marriage and Divorce Act in 1857 to women attaining the vote in 1928. Published to commemorate the centenary of the death of the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who threw herself under King George V’s horse during the Derby and consequently sustained fatal injuries.

I consider myself well read on the suffrage movements and was amazed at how little I knew, and how little I had been told at school.  This fascinating book uses anecdotes and accounts by both famous and hitherto lesser known suffragettes and suffragists to explore how the voice of women came to be heard throughout the land in the pursuit of equal votes for females.

Using diary extracts and letters, the main protagonists of the women’s movement are brought back to life as Lucinda Dickens Hawksley explores how they were portrayed in literature and art, as well as the media reports of the day.

It is well written and fun to read – I think this is important when read none fiction – and I am recommending it everyone! Gender Equality, and empowerment of women is one of the pillars of Oxfam and its one of the reason I started volunteering for Oxfam in the first place, and here is how you can help


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