Women in history
This is the dad
working five months away
from his family, keeping
starvation at bay
This is the mum
taking work when it comes
boiling laundry and toiling
for pitiful sums
Talking about my political hero and subject of my biography, Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor.
To invite Janine to speak about Minnie, email email@example.com.
Part of the Write Idea weekend. Details to follow.
Venue: New Cross Learning, 283-285 New Cross Rd, New Cross, London SE14 6AS
Janine will be giving an illustrated talk about Minnie Lansbury. Copies of her biography of Minnie will be on sale at the reduced price of £10 per copy.
Venue: Wyre Room, St Georges Hall, Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 2EQ
Janine will give an illustrated talk about the life of Minnie Lansbury. Copies of her biography of Minnie will be available to buy at the reduced price of £10 each.
After the talk there will be drinks & nibbles…
1918 had ended with British women voting in a general election for the first time ever. But it was only those aged 30 or over and who met a property qualification who could vote.
A Marxist and trade unionist herself, Booth makes Lansbury a hero of her time and place and of what she sees as a continuing fight for equality.
Ian Townson reviews 'Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist, rebel councillor' in Solidarity 491, 16 January 2019
Minnie Lansbury was one of the rebel Labour councillors of Poplar (East London) who in 1921 forced the Tory¬Liberal coalition government to start central government payments to equalise resources between councils in poor and in well¬off areas.
Janine Booth’s biography of Lansbury is rich in detail about her life; working¬class conditions at the time; and much more. It is a solid achievement given the scarcity of material available on Lansbury to work on.