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‘[T]he Children Bobbed Like Corks on the Tide of Adult Life’: The Political Education of the Pankhurst Girls in Late Victorian England

  • June Purvis
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the upbringing of three girls in Victorian Britain who were members of the Pankhurst family, often called the “first family of British feminism”—Christabel, born in 1880, Sylvia, in 1882, and Adela, in 1885. Their parents, Emmeline and Richard Marsden Pankhurst, were actively involved in the progressive causes of the day, including women’s suffrage and socialism. Their daughters were not isolated from these regularly discussed issues. Further, they participated in political gatherings held within the home and were often taken to political meetings outside it. The commitment to causes into which the girls were socialised stayed with them throughout their adult lives despite their differing journeys.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • June Purvis
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  1. 1.School of Social Historical and Literary StudiesUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

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