In 1906 the two Emmelines were the most famous figures in the Votes for Women campaign – Emmeline Pankhurst as an indefatigable campaigner and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence as the phenomenally efficient organiser and fundraiser to the newly formed Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).
And yet after six heady years it had all changed. Emmeline and her husband Fred had been expelled from the WSPU, which was on its way to being shut down at the start of the First World War, and Emmeline was to become an ardent campaigner for peace.
Jane Grant has been involved in the women’s movement for forty years – as activist, practitioner, researcher and writer. She helped to establish the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO); her doctorate (from the University of Kent) was on The Governance of Women’s Organisations and her previous books include Sisters Across the Atlantic: A Guide to Networking in the US and In the steps of Exceptional Women: The Story of the Fawcett Society.