If you are interested in historical extracts from the local Thanet papers of 1906, then visit this site, Women in Kent. Men are welcome too!
The website offers an insight into women's lives and their concerns and covers a fascinating era in women's history: the period when the suffrage campaign became increasingly militant, against a background of stories of heroines, criminals, victims, achievers and losers.
In one example: “Mary Ann Todd, 38, of 5 Castle Road, Ramsgate, was charged with attempted suicide. This she had done because her husband "abused me so badly I had nothing to live for."
Contrasting the news from then and now, the example below, shows a remarkable and depressing similarity to one report in the Thanet Gazette last month.
“George Young of 82 South Eastern Road was charged with cruelty to his wife. Among her injuries were a black eye, bruises and kickings. Her doctor testified that this was true. He had also tried to strangle her and had threatened her with a dagger. The housemaid and a neighbour testified to this. The husband promised to be good and the case was dismissed.”