Etta Lemon

The scandalous story of ‘murderous millinery’, women’s emancipation – and the birth of the RSPB.

Twelve years before the suffragette movement began dominating headlines, a very different women’s campaign captured the public imagination. Its aim was simple: to stamp out the cruel fashion for feathers in hats. Leading the fight to save the birds was a character just as heroic as Emmeline Pankhurst, but with opposite beliefs. Her name was Etta Lemon, and she was anti-fashion, anti-feminist – and anti-suffrage. Mrs Lemon has been forgotten by history, but her mighty society lives on. With meticulous research, Tessa Boase has pieced together the extraordinary women’s story that the RSPB has never found time to tell.

This will be followed by the opportunity to purchase and have signed Tessa’s publications.

Tessa Boase has worked as an investigative reporter and feature writer for a wide range of national papers; ‘Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather’ is her second book. She grew up on the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, where the nightjar still sings at dusk.


Date(s) - 18/08/2018
9:30 am - 10:00 am

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