Tag Archives: Church League for Women’s Suffrage

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 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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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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force fed but free – Constance Lytton

Some of the most poignant and harrowing accounts of suffragette activity and suffering are found in the book Prisons and Prisoners, written by Constance Lytton and published in 1914.  It is witness to a remarkable gentle and compassionate woman who, … Continue reading

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gazing into the abyss – Margaret Wynne Nevinson

In some ways, first-wave Christian feminism was a radical continuation of the Victorian ‘woman’s mission’.  Yet it also marked a break from it with a new sense of self and consciousness.  For, even at the end of the 19th century, … 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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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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