Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights – Then and Now

Helen Pankhurst


On the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, Helen Pankhurst – great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and a leading women’s rights campaigner – charts how women’s lives have changed over the last century, and offers a powerful and positive argument for the way forward.

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On the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, Helen Pankhurst considers the legacy of respective great-grandmother and grandmother Emmeline and Sylvia Pankhurst’s contribution, while also addressing how far there still is to go with contemporary feminism. Attends to domestic violence, the gender pay gap, pregnancy discrimination and more.

‘An uplifting record of progress and strength… You’ll lay the book down feeling not only informed, but galvanised to take action yourself.’ Independent’An incredible book . .

. with the potential to change women’s lives.’ Sandi Toksvig Why is it taking so long? Despite huge progress since the suffragette campaigns and wave after wave of feminism, women are still fighting for equality. Why will we have to wait until 2069 for the gender pay gap to disappear in the UK? Why, in 2015, did 11% of women lose their jobs due to pregnancy discrimination? Why has 1 in 3 women in the world experienced physical or sexual violence? ‘Engaging…part feminist history, part progress scoresheet and part family memoir.’ Daily TelegraphIn Deeds Not Words suffragette descendant and activist Helen Pankhurst charts the changes in the lives of women over the last 100 years.

She celebrates landmark successes and little-known victories, looking at politics, money, identity, violence, culture and social norms and turning to the voices of both pioneers and ordinary women for their perspective. ‘An exciting and engaging account of an essential part of British history.’ Mary Evans, Emeritus Leverhulme Professor, London School of EconomicsCombining historical insight with inspiring argument, Deeds not Words reveals how far women have come, how far we still have to go, and how we might get there. It is essential reading for women – and men – on the most important issue of our time.

‘Deeds Not Words is so timely. A valuable guide and reference.’ Annie Lennox OBE

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Weight 260 g
Dimensions 198 × 154 mm



Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Date of Publication

Thu Mar 07 00:00:00 GMT 2019

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Helen Pankhurst