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Suffragette: The Diary of Dollie Baxter is the thirteenth book in Scholastic UK's My Story. It was written by Carol Drinkwater, her third for the series. Suffragette is also a sequel to Drinkwater's Twentieth-Century Girl. The book was first published in May 2003, and reissued with new cover art in January 2011 and June 2015.


"In loving memory of a dear friend and a fine and generous woman, Dr Jill Wolff"

Book description[]

"18th June, 1910
We marched from the Embankment to the Albert Hall. It was a glorious day. The sun shone warmly. Everyone was in good spirits. There were aristocrats, artists, even my mother looked happy. She who has been so opposed to my work with the WSPU. More than 10,000 people had rallied and there were dozens of bands playing. It was quite incredible. We waved banners, carried flowers, sang along with the tunes. Hundreds who have been imprisoned for our Cause marched together in a powerful band. It was all very rousing of spirit. I felt proud to be a woman, proud to be alive, proud to be a part of a movement that is fighting to make a difference.

"It's 1909. Dollie is swept up in the thrill of the campaign for Votes for Women. Against her guardian's wishes, she marches against Parliament with Emmeline Pankhurst and her fellow suffragettes.
But as the movement turns violent, women are imprisoned and endanger their lives with hunger strikes. Dollie must decide how far she will go for 'Deeds, not words'...

"It is no future if I grow up in a world where women are not recognized as citizens."
It's 1909, and Dollie is swept up in the thrill of the suffragettes' campaign: Votes for Women! Despite being forbidden to go, Dollie marches on Parliament along with the famous Emmeline Pankhurst and her fellow protestors. It's a thrilling time, but when the protests turn violent, will Dollie have the courage to stand up for what she believes in? How far will she go?


Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Suffragette characters


Main article: Carol Drinkwater

Carol Drinkwater is a writer, actress, and filmmaker whom resides in France. She has written books for all ages, including her Olive series. Drinkwater is also known for her portrayal of Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small. Suffragette was her third book for My Story. She has also written The Hunger, Twentieth-Century Girl, and Nowhere to Run.

Shared continuity[]

Suffragette is the sequel of Twentieth-Century Girl, which was published in July 2001. The book follows Dollie Baxter's guardian Flora Bonnington as a young girl. It also explores themes of women's suffrage, which was more heavily focused on in Suffragette.



  • The portrait on the cover of the first edition was licensed from the Hulton Deutsch Collection/CORBIS and the background from Getty Images.[7]
  • Richard Jones illustrated the cover of the second edition of Suffragette as well as Cadogan Square.
  • The cover of the third and centenary editions use a photograph taken by Jeff Cottenden.


See also[]

My Story

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

1st relaunch

Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

Codename Céline

3rd relaunch

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!