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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:30 pm    Post subject: Eleanor Rathbone : Feminist - & Republican ? Reply with quote



" Pluck from under the family all the props which religion and morality have given it, strip it of the glamour, true or false, cast round it by romance, it will still remain a prosaic, indisputable fact, that the whole business of begetting, bearing and rearing children, is the most essential of all the nation's businesses."

" I doubt whether there is any subject in the world of equal importance that has received so little serious and articulate consideration as the economic status of the family - of its members in relation to each other and of the whole unit in relation to the other units of which the community is made up."

" The struggle for the right to become politicians in itself made women into politicians."


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06qsxnm ( - Lord Palmerston Lecture )

This lecture is from BBC TV Parliament " The Speaker's House " in which Lord Norton ( of Louth ? ) gives a lecture on Eleanor Rathbone, the independent MP from Liverpool ... her father was a Liberal MP but she strongly rejected joining any party to ensure that she could commit herself to certain causes - notably the payment of Family Allowances to wives not husbands ... very interesting - and so I pitch this one to you Marianne : doesn't Eleanor Rathbone's behaviour qualify her as both a Feminist and a Republican ? She was a strong supporter of the Republicans in Spain and surely she thought like us.

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