Monthly Archives: March 2014

‘a pair of oddities’ and the Church of the New Age – Eva Gore Booth and Esther Roper

First-wave feminism grew in the midst of highly conservative social and sexual assumptions in wider society.  Same-sex partnerships were therefore still very scandalous and homosexual acts prohibited and liable to imprisonment (as in the highly publicised  case of Oscar Wilde … Continue reading

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communicating with style and humour – Isabella Ford

Members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) have always been disproportionately active in struggles for peace and justice.  This was certainly true of first wave feminism… One of the most prominent of first wave Christian feminists to continue Quaker leadership … Continue reading

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sharing the divine theatre – Florence de Fonblanque

‘If I can’t dance’, said the great first-wave feminist and anarchist revolutionary Emma Goldman, ‘then I won’t join your revolution.’  Real transformation involves activity at all kinds of levels, not least the artistic.  Whilst the hard achievements of politics and … Continue reading

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determination and diplomacy – Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Today’s leading UK campaigning organisation for women’s equality and rights (at home, work and in public life) is known as the Fawcett Society.  Its by-line includes ‘working for women’s rights since 1866’ with very good reason.  For its name and … Continue reading

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nonviolent militancy and Romanticism – Charlotte Despard

Perhaps it demands a real personality to shake the dust from tired complacency?! This does not necessarily require violent militancy however but only the creative imagination of a colourful soul… Charlotte Despard (1844-1939) was one of the most flamboyant figures … Continue reading

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‘a veritable princess of spirituality’ – Emily Wilding Davison

In a churchyard in the north-east English town of Morpeth lies a grave which marks the foremost ‘martyr’ of the women’s suffrage movement.  Inscribed on the memorial is the suffragette slogan ‘deeds not words’ and a comment on the woman … Continue reading

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family features and economic leverage – Margaret Llewellyn Davies

The importance of family in nurturing our values and purpose is immense.  We can break away from our upbringing, and we need to where it is confining or destructive.  Yet history shows that family shapes us powerfully.  As we seek … Continue reading

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