On Saturday 6th April the Mary Quaile Club launched its latest publication; “For the sake of the women who are to come after” Manchester’s Radical Women 1914 to 1945.
Author and socialist historian Michael Herbert explained how the book was a culmination of his research and the radical history courses that he has run over the last four years. It is a sequel to his previous work “Up Then Brave Women” (2012) which told the story of Manchester’s radical women from the fields of Peterloo in 1819 up to the partial suffrage victory of 1918 when women aged over 30 gained the vote.
Beautifully designed by Mike Carter the book and the women’s stories are brought to life by some wonderful photographs. They show the hardships faced by the political women, but also their hopes and joys for the future.
In the book we learn of the women who campaigned during the First World war for a just and lasting peace that would prevent another such war: went on a delegation to Ireland in 1920 to investigate what was happening; supported miners and their families during the Miners’ Lockout in 1926: marched from the north to London on Hunger Marches in the 1930s, went to Spain to serve as nurses during the Spanish Civil War, opposed the fascist Blackshirts; and discussed the role of women workers during the Second World War in the Lancashire Women’s Parliament.
Michael dramatised the book with photographs and films of the era while actor Zoe Iqbal read the words of the women themselves and led the audience in some impromptu chanting of a slogan used by women marching in the 1930s:
Work Work Work
We want work
And an end to the Means Test
Slave camps and the rest!
The Mary Quaile is indebted to 3MT for the venue and John Topliff for his technical support.
To buy the book please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Price £5.95 plus postage.