Bristol's Radical New Women in the 1880s and 90s

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Date: 19 January 2017
Venue: M Shed, Bristol
Time: 18:00 - 19:30


Amidst the turmoil of Bristol's 1889 new unionist upsurge three middle class women from Clifton, Helena Born, Miriam Daniell and Gertrude Dix came to the support of the strikers and joined the Bristol Socialist Society. Committed to ending class inequality and the social and cultural emancipation of women, Born, Daniell and Dix played a vital part in the labour politics of Bristol while displaying great personal courage in defying the prevailing constraints on women's freedom.

Their life stories feature in Sheila Rowbotham's most recent book Rebel Crossings: New Women, Free Lovers and Radicals in Britain and the United States but this talk describes their activism and aspirations for individual emancipation in Bristol during the late 1880s and early 1890s.

Sheila Rowbotham, who helped to start the women's liberation movement in Britain, is known internationally as an historian of feminism and radical social movements. She lives in Bristol.

Cost: Free
Contact: Steve Poole
E-mail: steve.poole@uwe.ac.uk

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