Location : WCML
Start date : 4th February 2012
End date : 4th February 2012
To mark LGBT History Month
2pm Talk by Clare Debenham on Eleanor Rathbone (1872-1946), campaigner for women's rights and pioneer of family allowances.
Eleanor Rathbone, Independent MP elected in 1929 , had strong ties to the North West but was also involved in international issues such as campaigns against female circumcision in Africa and child brides in India . She was one of the first to protest against Fascism and took up the cause of refugees.
However, it is her contribution as a feminist theoretician and activist that Clare will examine. Her conventional appearance and methods belied a revolutionary approach to the position of women which has been overlooked in favour of more flamboyant personalities.
Free; light refreshments
This event is also the Library's contribution to