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Annotated Bibliography - Emmeline Pankhurst

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Jane, Marcus. “Transatlantic Sisterhood: Labor and Suffrage Links in the Letters of Elizabeth Robins and Emmeline Pankhurst.” Signs. 3. The University of Chicago Press, 1978. 744-755.

In her biography, Pankhurst makes frequent references to the “American readers,” especially the women suffragists in the United States. The letters between Pankhurst and Robins, an actress, playwright, novelist, and suffragist from Louisville, Kentucky, show exchanges of useful information and tactics Pankhurst used in the Great Britain to acquire women’s suffrage. The transatlantic communication between the two women shows the impact of Britain’s women’s suffrage movement ON that of the United States, especially Pankhurt’s role in it.

Park, Jihang. "Women of Their Time: The Growing Recognition of the Second Sex in Victorian and Edwardian England." Journal of Social History. 21.1 (1987): 49-67.

Pankhurst was an active women suffragist in Edwardian England, and getting a glimpse of women’s status and role in society at the time would allow a broader understanding about women’s rights and suffragette movement. In particular, factors that led to the suffragette movement as well as those that hindered the effort would be better explained by how the “second sex” was viewed in society.

Unwin, Melanie. "The 1908 Pankhurst Medal: Remembering the Campaign for Votes for Women in Parliament." Parliamentary History. 27.3 (2008): 436-443.

This recent article provides a more contemporary view on Pankhurst’s efforts, after women’s suffrage became more prevalent throughout the world. The article was prompted by the House of Common’s acquisition of the medal awarded to Pankhurst 90 years after women in Britain gained suffrage. The article highlights Pankhurt’s notable works and emphasizes the physical and ideological meaning of the Pankhurst medal in remembrance of women’s fight for the vote by parliament.

Walker, Lynn. “Locating the Global/Rethinking the Local: Suffrage Politics, Architecture, and Space.” Women’s Studies Quarterly. 34. 1/2. The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2006. 174-196.

Pankhurst’s main sites of action include the House of Commons as well as prison, and she also sought to propagate the suffragette movement in England to the United States and other parts of the world. This article relates the relationship between spaces and women’s movement as politics, architecture, and space combine to form unique narratives of individual women activists. Furthermore, the article reviews collective activities of local and global suffrage organizations.

Nym Mayhall, Laura. "Domesticating Emmeline: Representing the Suffragette, 1930-1993." NWSA Journal. 11.2 (1999): 1-24.

The article juxtaposes Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Poppins from the 1964 Walt Disney movie and argues that the figure of the suffragette serves to “consolidate the authority of the nation-state and women’s subordinate place within it.” Although the suffragette figures served as symbols of modernity, democratization, and political progress, such representation was removed from the political realities. Nevertheless, such strong and independent female figure was radical enough to show progress in increasing women’s status in society.

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