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November 2015

New book compares the suffragettes and punks

(11 November 2015)

A new book, Suffragette Legacy: How Does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester, has drawn comparisons between the Pankhurst sisters and the punk movement.

The chapter was written by Sarah Feinstein, a third year PhD student at the Institute for Cultural Practices, which sits within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. It explores how the way the Edwardian champions of votes for women dressed and behaved went on to influence the punk and post-punk movement.

Sarah said: “When you look at the methods employed to achieve social change, there are classic examples of demonstration or boycott. There were certain types of tactics that the suffragettes didn’t invent but that they used on a grand scale, not just to achieve their goal of changing the law but to open up the debate and create a space for free discussion - through the clothes they wore, through music they sang and marched to and through their Women’s Press.”

The book is available now via Cambridge Scholars Printing and is edited by former PhD student Camilla Mork Rostvik.