Diane Atkinson Rise Up Women

Exclusive! Extracts from ‘Rise Up, Women!’ by Diane Atkinson

Here at Vote 100 we’re really looking forward to all the great new books on women’s suffrage which are coming out for the centenary. We were delighted last year to reveal the cover image and extracts from ‘Things a Bright Girl Can Do’, Sally Nicholls’ great new novel for young adults.

We’re now thrilled to be able to give you three exclusive extracts from Diane Atkinson’s upcoming book, ‘Rise Up, Women! The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes’.

Diane Atkinson Rise Up Women

We’ve been reading the book and have been really impressed by all the detailed research Diane has done to uncover the roles of so many women! As well the famous names, such as Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia Pankhurst, there’s a huge number of almost forgotten women from all kinds of backgrounds in this book. Young and old, rich and poor, from all over the UK and Ireland, doing all kinds of jobs – actresses and composers; boot makers and cotton workers; teachers, doctors, shop workers and cooks – all part of this really rich tapestry of stories.

Diane’s book covers the well-known organisations such as the WSPU, but also much more obscure ones like the United Suffragists. And you can find out about every aspect of suffrage campaigning including processions and overseas tours, window-breaking and painting-slashing, rushing Parliament and the census boycott; as well as the horrors of hunger-striking, forcible feeding and the Cat and Mouse Act.

Rise Up, Women! Exclusive chapter excerpts


Extract One – Chapter 10 – ‘The March of the Women’: No Vote No Census 1911


Extract Two – Chapter 4 – Purple, White and Green: Suffragette Spectacle 1908


Extract Three – Chapter 18 – ‘Slasher Mary’: Mary Richardson Attacks the Rokeby Vensus 1914


5 thoughts on “Exclusive! Extracts from ‘Rise Up, Women!’ by Diane Atkinson

    1. Hello, it depends what images you want to use? If they’re the ones on this page, these came from Bloomsbury who are publishing Di’s book and I’m sure they’d be delighted. If it’s images on other pages, email us with details of what, & we’ll get back to you vote100@parliament.uk


  1. Hi there. I am secretary of a Lunch Club for the elderly residents of the village of Kinghorn in Fife Scotland. The age of our Members (predominantly women) ranges from 70-92. We provide entertainment and presentations which are of interest to the Members. In celebration of the suffragette movement and 100 years of the vote for women, can you tell me if there is a short DVD available that I can purchase to be shown at our Club? Thank you in advance for your help. Regards. Yvonne Georgeson


    1. Dear Yvonne, there are lots of DVDs out there of possible interest to your group. There’s the film ‘Suffragette’ starring Carey Mulligan of course.
      There’s also this from the Glasgow Women’s Library https://womenslibrary.org.uk/shop/march-dvd/
      There’s this film about Australian suffragette Muriel Matters https://www.roninfilms.com.au/feature/9676/muriel-matters.html
      and this one on Sylvia Pankhurst http://www.worldwrite.org.uk/sylviapankhurst/buy-the-dvd/
      Hope this is of some help!


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