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The struggle for social justice in British Columbia : Helena Gutteridge, the unknown reformer /
Irene Howard.
imprint
Vancouver : UBC Press, c1992.
description
xvii, 318 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0774804254 :
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imprint
Vancouver : UBC Press, c1992.
isbn
0774804254 :
catalogue key
3199793
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-310) and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
City of Vancouver Book Award, CAN, 1993 : Nominated
Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, CAN, 1993 : Nominated
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Review Quotes
For historians of women and labour in Canada or, for that matter, for most Canadian historians, the name of Helena Gutteridge resonates. She was, it is generally known, a left-wing advocate of female suffrage and of better conditions of paid labour who ended up a municipal politician. There common knowledge stops ... Irene Howard overcomes the paucity of primary sources in ingenious fashion by always placing Helena Gutteridge in the context of her times ... Howard writes such evocative prose, the reader is carried along from chapter to chapter ... a thoughtful portrayal and analysis of social and political life in Vancouver during the first half of this century. -- Jean Barman, University of British Columbia An important contribution to the flourishing field of women's history ... the gains of women and the gradual erasure of historic discrimination did not just happen ... freedom came about after a struggle. It was won. And in British Columbia, Gutteridge played a critical role in this fight. -- Jeremy Mouat, Athabaska University Irene Howard's biography of Gutteridge is an important step toward changing history's prejudices. It is also an inspiration to women and men who hunger for justice. -- Trish Webb, The Guardian
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Summaries
Long Description
Helena Gutteridge was a socialist and feminist whose vision helpedto shape social reform legislation in British Columbia in the firstdecades of the twentieth century, and also one of the first women thereto hold high political office. She was born in England in 1879. A militant suffragist, tutored bythe Pankhursts, she learned the politics of confrontation early.Emigrating to Vancouver in 1911, she found the suffrage movement theretoo polite and organized the B.C. Woman's Suffrage League to helpworking women fight for the vote. And she kept on organizing. As ajourneyman tailor she was a power in her union local, and as the onlywoman on the Vancouver Trades and Labor Council -- their 'rebelgirl'-- she championed the rights of workers and organized womento fight for themselves. In the 1930s, as a member of the feisty newpolitical movement, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, shejoined in the struggles of the unemployed for work and wages. Then, in1937, as the first woman ever elected to Vancouver City Council, sheled the fight for low-income housing. As was typical for women of her class and time, Helena did not keeppersonal records, nor did organizational records exist to any extent.Irene Howard made it her task, over a period of years, to search outand assemble details of Helena's life and career, and to interviewold comrades who knew Helena and the turbulent times in which shelived. Herself a miner's daughter, the author brings to her subjectan affectionate regard and sympathy qualified by the larger view of thescholar and researcher. The result is a lively biography, shot throughwith humour and pathos, that pays homage to Helena Gutteridge and tomany of the people who have been inspired by a cause and who havetaught us about the politics of caring.
Main Description
Helena Gutteridge was a socialist and feminist whose vision helped to shape social reform legislation in British Columbia in the first decades of the twentieth century, and also one of the first women there to hold high political office. She was born in England in 1879. A militant suffragist, tutored by the Pankhursts, she learned the politics of confrontation early. Emigrating to Vancouver in 1911, she found the suffrage movement there too polite and organized the B.C. Woman's Suffrage League to help working women fight for the vote. And she kept on organizing. As a journeyman tailor she was a power in her union local, and as the only woman on the Vancouver Trades and Labor Council -- their 'rebel girl' -- she championed the rights of workers and organized women to fight for themselves. In the 1930s, as a member of the feisty new political movement, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, she joined in the struggles of the unemployed for work and wages. Then, in 1937, as the first woman ever elected to Vancouver City Council, she led the fight for low-income housing. As was typical for women of her class and time, Helena did not keep personal records, nor did organizational records exist to any extent. Irene Howard made it her task, over a period of years, to search out and assemble details of Helena's life and career, and to interview old comrades who knew Helena and the turbulent times in which she lived. Herself a miner's daughter, the author brings to her subject an affectionate regard and sympathy qualified by the larger view of the scholar and researcher. The result is a lively biography, shot through with humour and pathos, that pays homage to Helena Gutteridge and to many of the people who have been inspired by a cause and who have taught us about the politics of caring.
Main Description
Helena Gutteridge was born in England in 1879. A militant suffragist,tutored by the Pankhursts, she learned the politics of confrontationearly. Emigrating to Vancouver in 1911, she found the suffrage movementthere too polite and organized the B.C. Woman's Suffrage League tohelp working women fight for the vote. And she kept on organizing. As ajourneyman tailor she was a power in her union local, and as the onlywoman on the Vancouver Trades and Labor Council -- their 'rebelgirl'-- she championed the rights of workers and organized womento fight for themselves. In the 1930s, as a member of the feisty newpolitical movement, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, shejoined in the struggles of the unemployed for work and wages. Then, in1937, as the first woman ever elected to Vancouver City Council, sheled the fight for low-income housing. Irene Howard made it her task,over a period of years, to search out and assemble details ofHelena's life and career, and to interview old comrades who knewHelena and the turbulent times in which she lived. Herself aminer's daughter, the author brings to her subject an affectionateregard and sympathy qualified by the larger view of the scholar andresearcher. The result is a lively biography, shot through with humourand pathos, that pays homage to Helena Gutteridge and to many of thepeople who have been inspired by a cause and who have taught us aboutthe politics of caring.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
the Chelsea Childhood of Nell Gutteridgep. 3
the Emergence of Helenap. 26
Fighting for the Causep. 38
Dealing with Tricky Dicky: the Vote and Premier Mcbridep. 50
the Cause Victorious: September 1916p. 79
Hours and Wagesp. 104
Back to the Landp. 136
Rededication: the Vision of the Co-Operative Commonwealthp. 154
'A Faithful Alderman'p. 186
Helena at Lemon Creekp. 214
Epiloguep. 239
'The Holy Fire': Still Burningp. 240
Notesp. 261
Selected Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 311
Permissionsp. 319
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