Tag Archives: Church League for Women’s Suffrage

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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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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‘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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grounding theology – R.J.Campbell and Henry Scott Holland

Each generation must engage afresh with the tradition it receives.  This is partly to find mediating language to communicate effectively with every new context.  It is also because every theology falls short of the glory of God.  As the great … Continue reading

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