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22 February 2018


‘There is little recorded in history books about working-class women like Violet Ann Bland, the kitchen maid who toiled below stairs at Dudmaston Hall. She was a passionate suffragette, joined the WSPU and was arrested for her part in the Black Friday demonstration in 1910 and for window breaking in 1912, when she was force-fed. Working-class women were treated [even more] brutally for their activism and did not gain voting rights until 1928.’


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