Monthly Archives: April 2014

the great adventure – Maude Royden

Selecting only 40 first-wave feminists is hard enough but how is possible to round off such a list?  Perhaps only by recalling one who, as a multi-faceted pioneer, crossed many different barriers and whose loving critique of the Church remains … Continue reading

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the challenge and cost of clergy militancy – T.J.Walshe and C.A.Wills

First-wave feminism was very much a movement of women.  Yet, as seen in earlier posts, some men played a helpful supporting part.  Whilst not to the same degree as many women, a few also clearly suffered for their involvement.  This … Continue reading

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the new nonconformity – L.E.Turquand and Jane Strickland

Nothing, it is said, attracts more than a good example… The Free Church League for Women’s Suffrage (FCLWS) was founded in the second half of 1910, after a letter from Miss L.E.Turquand appeared in the Christian Commonwealth (13 July 1910).  … Continue reading

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beyond ‘ecclesiastical millinery’ – Mildred Tuker

Feminist theology and scholarship are now widespread.  Yet they still have power both to inspire and unsettle.  How much more so was this true a hundred years or so ago?!  Lacking the substantial range and depth of feminist scholarship now … Continue reading

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women of all colours – Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman

Today’s Christian feminism is one in which issues of power and race are increasingly connected, as well as those of gender.  Through ‘womanist’, African, Asian and other theological perspectives, we have a much broader, deeper and richer conversation and engagement.  … Continue reading

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the first ordained – Constance Coltman Todd

In recent understandable Anglican excitement about female priests and bishops, it can be forgotten that other Christian traditions had ‘made a track’. Inspiration and lessons can still be learned from them… Constance Coltman (nee Todd) (1889-1969) was one of the … Continue reading

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finding Christ in prison – Helen Sprott and Fred Hankinson

Why did militant women’s disillusionment with the Church bring deliberate provocation and rage, and why was the Church made such a target (although far from the only one)? The answer lies partly in personal experiences, especially those of suffragette prisoners, … Continue reading

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