Tag Archives: Labour Party

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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‘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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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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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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breaking the political ceiling – Margaret Bondfield

According to the international Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), women still only comprise just over 20% of all parliamentarians across the world.  Nordic countries lead the way as a region but there are still less than 50% female parliamentarians even there.  Some … Continue reading

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