An in-depth history of women who lived, worked, and fought for the vote in the town surrounding Windsor Castle. At drawing room meetings, debates, and rallies, suffragists in Windsor—home to Britain’s royal family—fought not just for the right to put a cross on a ballot paper but to help put an end to some of the shocking injustices women faced, some of which were especially felt in Windsor at that time. It was no easy task—they came up against fierce opposition, ridicule, and rage, with one newspaper saying Windsor was the town in which the suffragettes were “most cordially hated.” From Queen Victoria to Princess Elizabeth, the women of Windsor have played a major role in shaping this country. But what of the lesser-known women? In this book, the untold and often intertwined stories of the rich and famous are brought together with those of domestic staff, nuns, nurses, school teachers, mothers, shopkeepers, beggars, and prostitutes, who all played a part in a century of extraordinary social changes. What was it like to be a female resident of the workhouse? Or the lady who founded a home for destitute and “fallen” women? The lady who allowed her home to be used as a hospital in WWI and the nurses who worked there? For those who lived in the cholera-infested Victorian slums and the women evacuated to Windsor with their children during WWII? And those who campaigned tirelessly to improve women’s rights and get the vote? This book provides a fascinating, behind-the-scenes insight into women’s lives above and below stairs in this unique microcosm of Britain.
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