Tag Archives: christian feminism

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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daring to ask for women’s ordination – Ursula Roberts

Some things, such as sexuality and women’s ordination, were steered clear of by most first-wave Christian feminists.  Even when they supported changes, most held back, in the interests of nurturing more conservative support for issues which were more ‘practical politics’ … Continue reading

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the girl who slew the dragon – Christabel Pankhurst

A prominent feature of first-wave feminism was its spectacle, once it had the courage to break into public space.  A striking aspect was the frequent appearance in demonstrations of suffragists dressed as figures such as Joan of Arc, complete with … Continue reading

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‘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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