Magazine article New Internationalist

Red Ellen

Magazine article New Internationalist

Red Ellen

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Red Ellen The Life of Ellen Wilkinson, Socialist, Feminist, Internationalist by Laura Beers (Harvard University Press, ISBN 9780674971523)

Though it neatly sums up who this book is about, there are many other descriptions of the formidable Ellen Wilkinson that could have been added to its subtitle: indefatigable union organizer, charismatic member of parliament... not to mention the nicknames she garnered over decades of public service: The Mighty Atom, Elfin Fury, Five Feet of Pugnacity, and, of course, Red Ellen.

In fact, despite the painstaking research of author and academic Laura Beers, Red Ellen's 450 pages seem barely to scratch the surface of the life of a woman who was, according to the author, 'the pre-eminent female British politician of her day'. …

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