The first General Election after British women won the right to
vote in 1918 was almost an entirely male affair. With just days to
spare before the old Parliament dissolved, legislation was rushed
through that enabled female candidates to stand. Women scrambled to
be nominated, but only seventeen made it onto the ballot paper.
Three were in the West Midlands. Christabel Pankhurst (Smethwick)
is probably the best known of them now. But, at the time, Mary
Macarthur (Stourbridge), and Margery Corbett Ashby (Ladywood) were
equally capable of making headline news... and often did. Ranged
against them were all the forces of tradition and rigid
conservatism, determined that women candidates should fail. Taking
On the Men is a fascinating, superbly researched and thoroughly
well-told tale of three women who took on the men and - simply by
standing for Parliament - scored a small victory against what would
now be known as 'the patriarchy'.
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