MISS MURIEL MATTERS


MISS MURIEL MATTERS

ROBERT WAINWRIGHT    Book Number: 85881    Product format: Hardback

A leading campaigner for women's suffrage, Muriel Matters was the child of economic migrants to Adelaide, Australia, where votes for women became law in 1894. As a young woman born in 1877 Muriel joined the Women's Christian Temperance Union which demanded social justice not only for women but also for aborigines, and she was also influenced by the independent character Nora in Ibsen's play The Doll's House, a play which she studied as an aspiring actress. After a degree at Adelaide University Muriel found work as an actor specialising in elocution, and following a failed relationship with the charismatic performer Bryson Treharne, who considered that women should not perform in public, she embarked to seek her fortune in London, pursuing another boyfriend. Unlike many other migrants, she immediately found work, giving recitations at the Wigmore Hall. Following a meeting with the wizard-like guru Prince Kropotkin she decided to be a campaigner and joined the Women's Freedom League, where her professional training and natural speaking ability meant she was in high demand. An active suffragist, she was involved in the notorious Grille Incident of 1908, chaining herself to a grille in the House of Commons and receiving a month's imprisonment. The following year, in a much-publicised stunt, she ascended in a balloon to drop leaflets onto the King's head, though the wind blew the dirigible off course. Muriel settled in Hastings, having stood for parliament, and was popular with journalists to the last. 376pp, notes, colour plates.
Published price: £18.99
Bibliophile price: £1.50


Additional product information

ISBN 9781760297398
Browse these categories as well: Last Chance to buy!, Feminism, Historical Biography

Customers who bought this product also bought

HOME FIRES
Bibliophile price: £2.00
HOUSE OF GLASS
Bibliophile price: £2.88
SHADOWS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Bibliophile price: £2.50
WISH YOU WERE HERE
Bibliophile price: £3.00
A WILD LIFE
Bibliophile price: £4.50