Tag Archives: pacifism

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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‘a pair of oddities’ and the Church of the New Age – Eva Gore Booth and Esther Roper

First-wave feminism grew in the midst of highly conservative social and sexual assumptions in wider society.  Same-sex partnerships were therefore still very scandalous and homosexual acts prohibited and liable to imprisonment (as in the highly publicised  case of Oscar Wilde … Continue reading

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nonviolent militancy and Romanticism – Charlotte Despard

Perhaps it demands a real personality to shake the dust from tired complacency?! This does not necessarily require violent militancy however but only the creative imagination of a colourful soul… Charlotte Despard (1844-1939) was one of the most flamboyant figures … Continue reading

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sharing light from ‘down under’ – Sir John Cockburn and Vida Goldstein

If we need an example of how feminist advances are uneven and stop-start, then Australia certainly comes to mind.   On the one hand, Australians were in the forefront.  Women’s suffrage was established before the end of the 19th century, in … Continue reading

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