Tag Archives: Church of England

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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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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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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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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mainstreaming Christian feminism – Louise Creighton

Any great movement for change begins at the margins and only later gains momentum in the centre of things.  When adopted by others, it can change its shape in some different directions.  Yet it then begins to become accepted in … Continue reading

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transforming patriarchal marriage and poverty – Hugh Chapman

Historically, marriage has been both a joy and means of grace to human society and a variegated form of social definition.  Today it continues to be source of controversy, not least in conflicts over its gendered and same-sex forms, as … Continue reading

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