20 Women who made Manchester.


Emmeline Pankhurst stands proudly in St Peter’s Square, but she stands for so many more… From the women who marched to St Peter’s Fields flying the flag for reform to the first entrepreneurs, the women of Greater Manchester have long stood shoulder to shoulder in the fight for equality and social change. For the centenary of some women being able to vote in 2018, the journey began for a statue to be erected, symbolising the incredible lives and achievements of Manchester’s radical women. Glimpse at the lives of the twenty women who were long-listed in the campaign, who all made Manchester first in the fight for freedom, and feminism

First in the Fight is about the history of women in Manchester. It is a very inspiring and informative book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

The twenty women mentioned in the book are: Margaret Ashton, Lydia Becker, Louise Da-Cocodia, Margaret Downes, Elizabeth Gaskell, Annie Horniman, Sunny Lowry, Kathleen Ollerenshaw, Emmeline Pankhurst, Christabel Pankhurst, Sylvia Pankhurst, Mary Quaile, Elizabeth Raffald, Esther Ropen, Enriqueta Rylands, Olive Shapley, Shena Simon, Marie Stopes, Ellen Wilkinson and Emily Williamson.

As you can see from the photos I have added, the book is full of gorgeous illustrations. They really are stunning. The ones above and below this paragraph are my personal favourites.

A lot of work and research has gone into this book and it all started with a campaign to get a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst erected in the middle of Manchester.

A lot of the book is related to the Suffragette movement and the fight for women’s rights to vote, equality and change. You don’t have to come from Manchester to appreciate all this book has to offer.

It is currently available on Amazon for £13.99. The book was released on 14th November 2019 by iNostalgia Publishers.

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Thank you so much to Kelly at Love Books Tours for arranging the blog tour for this book and gifting me a copy.

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