The Queens County Bird Club will be meeting at the Alley Pond Environmental 
Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd Douglaston, NY 11362  >Map of location< 
<>  at 8:00 pm this Wednesday, May 15, 2019.  Free 
admission.   Refreshments served.

Please join QCBC in welcoming author Tessa Boase, who is visiting us from Great 

     For half a century, from the 1870s to the 1920s, women on both sides of 
the Atlantic were gripped by a fashion craze that decreed all hats should be 
laden with feathers. Not just feathers, but wings, bird and whole bodies of 
birds – often several birds at a time. Species the world over were slowly 
brought to the brink of extinction, and all for the sake of millinery.
     Campaigning on behalf of the birds was a small band of angry woman with a 
splendidly simple goal. They were going to stamp out the fashion for feathers 
in hats.
     The ‘feather fight’, as it became known, was bitter, vicious and 
un-sisterly. Wearers of the ‘bird hat’ were attacked as narcissists and 
slaughterers. Edwardian fashion victims hit back, calling their female critics 
‘plumage cranks’ and ‘feather faddists’. Why shouldn’t emancipated women wear 
what they wanted?
Leading the battle in Britain was a fearsome woman who has not been remembered 
by history, and yet for 50 years was the driving force behind the Royal Society 
for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), today Britain’s biggest conservation 
charity. Her name was Etta Lemon. Where she led in 1889, the Audubon Society 
would follow.
      When social historian Tessa Boase told the RSPB she wanted to write their 
early story, they refused to let her revisit their archives. To a former 
investigative journalist and Oxford English graduate, this was a challenge she 
could not resist . . .  Join her to hear the intriguing untold story of women, 
birds, hats – and vote.
     Copies of Tessa’s book, Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather: Fashion, Fury and 
Feminism – Women’s Fight for Change, will be available for sale after the 

Hope to see you Wednesday!

Nancy Tognan <> 
Vice President, Queens County Bird Club 

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