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She Dared to Speak

Friday, 1 November 2013 11:36pm

Connie Birchfield's Story

Maureen Birchfield

The book

This is the story of a spirited and courageous woman who was driven by a concern for the welfare of ordinary people. Written by her daughter, it has a liveliness and immediacy which would be difficult for an outsider to achieve. Connie Birchfield grew up in Lancashire – working in a cotton mill from the age of thirteen – and emigrated to New Zealand in the 1920s. She became involved in unions and the Labour Party as a hotel worker, and joined the Communist Party as an unemployed worker in the 1930s. In many ways she was a woman ahead of her time – a fine street orator, a candidate in several municipal and general elections, an activist in the working women's movement – much of this while bringing up a family with a husband away at war. Her local community benefited from her organising ability and she always spoke her mind – so much so that she was expelled from the Communist Party in 1957.

Publication details

Paperback, 216 pages, ISBN 1 877 13353 1, $34.95
1998
Out of print