Monthly Archives: March 2014

‘shoulder to shoulder’ – Keir Hardie, the Snowdens and George Lansbury

The relationship between the labour and women’s movements has never been straightforward.  Apart from downright male hostility and resistance to women in ‘a man’s world’, trade union, labour and socialist leaders have sometimes subordinated women’s issues beneath others.  This was … Continue reading

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spiritual militancy – Alice Kidd

In recent times the Rainbow Sash Movement has sought to bring ‘the witness and challenge of gay and lesbian people and their friends into the heart of the (Catholic) church’.  Begun in Australia, the wearing of a rainbow sash at … Continue reading

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the nursing spirit – Florence Nightingale and Beatrice Kent

Like social work, the missionary movement and education, nursing was a typical breeding-ground for first-wave feminists.  Animated by a spirit of care and self-sacrifice, they also abruptly came up, face to face, with poverty and deprivation.  Little wonder that such … Continue reading

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the Church League for Women’s Suffrage – Claude and Gertrude Hinscliff

Without the involvement of religious people, it is hard to see how first-wave feminism could have advanced.  It owed so much to religious motivation and networks and also needed religious support in order to break through into quarters which were … Continue reading

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christian feminism among bishops – Edward Hicks

Christian feminism, as has already been seen, takes many forms.  Organisationally, most feminists would tend towards ‘flat’ structures and democracy.  Yet this does not mean that more hierarchical forms cannot be places in which women’s issues and opportunities are not … Continue reading

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from women missionaries to woman’s mission and ministry – Helen Hanson and Edith Picton-Turbervill

The connection between missionary work and first wave Christian feminism was strong.  By the turn of the 20th century, the female missionary movement was one of the leading religious movements of the day, and larger than any other mass women’s … Continue reading

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