Tag Archives: Josephine Butler

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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communicating with style and humour – Isabella Ford

Members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) have always been disproportionately active in struggles for peace and justice.  This was certainly true of first wave feminism… One of the most prominent of first wave Christian feminists to continue Quaker leadership … 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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Josephine Butler – Justice and Solidarity

What are we to do with our own personal ‘cry of pain’ and that we encounter in others?  Can we help transform it into a ‘cry for justice’, finding spiritual courage to question the structures of oppression, seek liberation, and … Continue reading

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christian feminism – an historical reality not an oxymoron

During the struggle for the ordination of women, it was often alleged that Christian feminism was a new-fangled distortion of historic Faith and/or a mere baptising of ‘second-wave’ secular feminism.  To read the stories of first-wave feminism is however to … Continue reading

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