Boase, Tessa,

Mrs Pankhurst's purple feather : fashion, fury and feminism - women's fight for change / Tessa Boase. - xvi, 320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm

Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-309) and index.

Prologue -- Feathers -- Birds -- Hats -- Votes -- Power -- Epilogue.

When Mrs Pankhurst stormed the House of Commons with her militant suffragettes in 1908, she wore on her hat a voluptuous purple feather. Twelve years earlier, a very different women's campaign captured the public imagination. Its aim was to stamp out the fashion for feathers in hats. Leading the fight was Etta Lemon. She was anti-fashion, anti-feminist– and anti-suffrage. Britain’s biggest conservation charity, the RSPB, was born through the determined efforts of a handful of women led by Mrs Lemon. Boase explores these rival, overlapping campaigns to show a society in transformation. -- adapted from jacket.

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Lemon, Margaretta, 1860-1953.
Pankhurst, Emmeline, 1858-1928.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds--History.

Feminism--History--Great Britain--20th century.
Millinery--History--20th century.
Women--Suffrage--History.--Great Britain
Women--Political activity--History--Great Britain--20th century.

Great Britain--History--Edward VII, 1901-1910.
Great Britain--Social conditions--20th century.

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