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Last updated:11 December 2017

Marie Stopes: reluctant Mancunian, sexual revolutionary, birth control pioneer

Event location: Working Class Movement Library

Date: 28th Mar 2018

Event time: 14:00 to 15:00

We mark the centenary of Marie Stopes’s controversial Married love, first published on 26 March 1918, with a talk and readings from her work by Clare Debenham.  

Marie Stopes was the first woman science lecturer appointed to the University of Manchester.  She was a reluctant Mancunian although Manchester featured throughout her controversial career. After the  well-publicised failure of her first marriage, Marie wrote her best-selling Married love, published  in March 1918. This was financed by Manchester businessman Humphrey Roe, who became her second husband. The response highlighted the need for birth control advice and subsequently they opened the country's first birth control clinic in London. Marie through her networks helped found the birth control clinic for Manchester and Salford.

There will be readings from Stopes's Love letters from a Japanese; Married love: a new contribution to the solution of sex difficulties; and Mother England: a contemporary history self-written by those who had no historian.

This talk is part of a new series of Invisible Histories talks - admission free, all welcome, light refreshments afterwards.

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