The truth behind the amazing work of the women of the temperance movement. In a time when women had no vote, their temperance work made the voices of many heard and their actions count. Exploring a forgotten but vital element of women's history, Scandal, Salvation and Suffrage demonstrates how closely the temperance campaign was linked to the fight for suffrage. Told through the true stories of real women, we see how they rose above their status as `the weaker sex' to campaign for restrictions on the sale of alcohol, having recognised that many social problems were caused by excessive drinking - an issue still prevalent today. Some women were admirable but not likeable, while others were more radical and ahead of their time. Sex, slander and scandal all feature in their stories. This book leaves the reader to decide whether there are any lessons to be learned today from the work of these remarkable women and encourages us to remember their hard work and determination. Based on considerable research but written in an accessible way, Scandal, Salvation and Suffrage aims to celebrate the work of these extraordinary women and will appeal to those who enjoy social and women's history. It is not aimed at totallers; readers can - and should - raise a toast to these extraordinary women.
Ros Black previously managed a charity that provided housing and support for disadvantaged people, including those with alcohol problems. She now delights in uncovering stories of women who did similar work but in different times. Her enthusiasm for forgotten heroines makes her a popular speaker. Scandal, Salvation and Suffrage is her third book.