By Martin Pugh
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2001
The suffragettes outraged Victorian society yet their own lives have been simply as dramatic as their public activities. during this gripping and incisive account of the Pankhursts, Martin Pugh unearths the total tale in the back of this certain kinfolk: Emmeline, the domineering mom; Christabel, the favorite daughter, who turned an Adventist and admirer of Mussolini; Sylvia, the 'scarlet woman'; adn Adela, banished to Australia after a sour rift.
The result's a story that reads like a singular, and a super perception into the heritage of a kin that modified the face of British society for ever.
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You feel that you have some personal privileges as a wife and a woman, not less than a mother. Like yourself, I do not believe woman's only mission in life to be the production of offspring, yet I consider motherhood the highest privilege accorded her who has for it the right physical and moral qualities. Only strong, sensible, and healthy women should become mothers, and it is a mistake for even such as they to be kept constantly in that occupation. You possess all the requisites, and you ought to bring fine children into the world, since you married the man you loved, and have been happy with him.
A husband and wife many years married, and united by common interests, may become so one in purpose and thought that a common purse would be as natural to them as a common dinner-table. With mutual interests, planning for their future and the future of their children, there could be no talk of "My money" and "Your money" between them. But before marriage, or immediately after, the man who begins to ask a woman for the use of her purse, should be distrusted by her. He could not broach such a subject unless he lacked a certain refined strength which makes a manly man a woman's protector by nature.
Were you to study medicine, I should advise you to take up surgery, osteopathy, electricity, the Kneippe Cure, milk diet, and all the various methods of stimulating circulation; for the people who patronize these treatments are increasing, as the powder and pill patrons are on the decrease. Then, too, I should urge you to make a careful study of mental and spiritual methods of cure, that you might be wholly equipped for the dawn of the new age. You are a young man, and you will probably live to see a wonderful change in the treatment of disease, and to find the physician of the old school relegated to the historian.