Isabeau, aged 12, lives in the Maidstone house where working class maid and suffragette, Ethel Violet Baldock, grew up.
During her interview with Jennifer, Isabeau talked about the photograph of Ethel outside her house (taken in 1899) and how she had recreated it with her own family in 2021. Copies of both are shown below.
The differences between Ethel’s and Isabeau’s life, opportunities, hopes and aspirations was discussed. Unlike many girls at the time, Ethel did go to school but studied different subjects to her brothers, including needlework and cooking. At age 12, Ethel left her home to go into service. Isabeau, a similar age now, was horrified to think of Ethel having to leave her family and go away to work at such a young age.
Isabeau started her own project and has had a blog published on the Mapping Women’s Suffrage project website.
Listening to this interview with Isabeau and that with 8 year old Coco who had performed as Ethel on stage (for more on this click here) were Ethel’s granddaughters, Eileen and Patricia, and her great niece, Margaret. Eileen was also interviewed and spoke of Ethel’s great, extraverted character and said to Isabeau and Coco:
“My sister, Patricia and I are thrilled that these two young ladies have taken up the mantel. We are just amazed by it all. Thank you Isabeau and Coco.”