*Note: This event meets in Classroom C at the Prospect Park Zoo. Please see
below for details.*


*Tomorrow! Tuesday May 14 7PM*

TESSA BOASE PRESENTS: MRS PANKHURST’S PURPLE FEATHER: FASHION, FURY AND
FEMINISM – WOMEN’S FIGHT FOR CHANGE

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 lead in1889, 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 votes. After the talk, Tessa will be signing
copies of her book, Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather: Fashion, Fury and
Feminism – Women’s Fight for Change.

Note: This event will meet in Classroom C at the Prospect Park Zoo.


http://brooklynbirdclub.org/event/tessa-boase-presents-mrs-pankhursts-purple-feather-fashion-fury-and-feminism-womens-fight-for-change/


Dennis Hrehowsik

President Brooklyn Bird Club
Brooklyn NY

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