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Published: 28 February 2014

296 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719091353

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Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy and the Victorian Feminist Movement

The biography of an insurgent woman

Maureen Wright

Published by Manchester University Press

Gender in History MUP

  • The first full-length biography of Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy (1833-1918), one of the most significant pioneers of the British women's emancipation movement
  • Lauded by Emmeline Pankhurst as 'first' among the infamous militant suffragettes of the Women's Social and Political Union, Wolstenholme Elmy was at the heart of every campaign Victorian feminists conducted
  • Draws on extensive resources left by Wolstenholme Elmy, who believed they 'might be of value' to historians, including correspondence, journalism, political criticism and speeches
  • She was the first woman to speak publicly on the subject of conjugal rape, and her pamphlet Women and the Law refashioned the discourse surrounding women's rights over their own bodies
  • Now available in paperback

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