Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye’s Suffrage Diary is published by Francis Boutle Publishers
Wrap-around paper covers, 226 pp, over 70 illustrations, all drawn from Kate Frye’s personal archive.
ISBN 978 1903427 75 0
For a full description of the book click here
Copies available from Francis Boutle Publishers, or from Elizabeth Crawford – firstname.lastname@example.org (£14.99 +UK postage £3. Please ask for international postage cost), or from all good bookshops.
Here is Kate. When this photograph was taken she was working as a paid organiser for the New Constitutional Society for Women’s Suffrage. I have edited her diaries for the years 1911-1915 as a record of one woman’s experience of the suffrage campaign. I believe that no other source allows us to experience in such detail and over such a length of time the day-to-day existence of a working suffragist.
Faced with an overwhelming amount of material, I decided to limit this ‘suffrage’ edition of Kate’s voluminous diary to her activities as a paid organiser for the NCSWS. It has, therefore, been necessary to omit many splendid descriptions of suffrage meetings and suffrage-related activities from the days when she had the luxury of giving her services freely to the suffrage cause.
I intend to include extracts from the years previous to 1911 as posts on ‘Woman and Her Sphere’. They will often be illustrated with leaflets that she acquired at suffrage meetings and placed between the pages of her diary.
ITV has selected Kate Frye – to be portrayed by a leading young actress – as one of the main characters in a 2014 documentary series to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Kate herself was devoted to the theatre – and in later life radio and television – and wrote numerous plays, all but one, alas, unpublished. She trained as an actress, touring for a while with repertory companies around the towns of Edwardian Britain. How pleased she would be at the knowledge that 100 years later she will, at last, reach a mass audience.
For the moment, at least, I own Kate Frye’s archive – her diaries and all associated ephemera.
You can listen here to a talk I gave in the House of Commons – ‘Campaigning for the Vote: From MP’s Daughter to Suffrage Organiser: the diary of Kate Parry Frye’.
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