Hearts and Minds: The Untold Story of the Great Pilgrimage and How Women Won the Vote
To mark the women’s vote centenary in 2018, this is the true story of the women’s march on London in 1913 – one of the most significant but neglected episodes in twentieth-century history. The history of how women won the vote is dominated by the suffragette movement but there were also thousands of non-militant campaigners, the suffragists, who in the summer of 1913 embarked on an astonishing six-week protest march they called the Great Pilgrimage. They defied convention, risking jobs, family relationships and even their lives to persuade the country to listen to them.
The story of the suffragists is one of the ordinary people effecting extraordinary change. By turns dangerous, exhausting and exhilarating, the Great Pilgrimage transformed the personal and political lives of women in Britain forever.
Author Jane Robinson has drawn from diaries, letters and unpublished personal accounts to tell the inside story of the march, set against the colourful background of the entire suffrage campaign. Fresh and original, full of vivid detail and moments of high drama, Hearts and Minds is a moving tribute to the thousands of courageous women who marched together to give us democracy.
Hearts and Minds is Jane Robinson’s tenth book. She is a full-time writer and lecturer (at Oxford), specialising in social history through women’s eyes.