social reformer

Mary Ward

The wiki entry for Mary Ward starts “Mary Ward (nun)”. True, Mary was a nun, indeed she founded the Sisters of Loreto and is being recommended for sainthood, but she was not the kind of nun that stayed indoors praying for the world. Mary was a feminist activist who petitioned for [...]

Beatrice Webb

Beatrice Webb was an English social and leading Fabian socialist who, in partnership with her husband Sidney, undertook many projects for social and educational reform. Beatrice was born in Gloucestershire, the daughter of a wealthy businessman and a merchant’s daughter; her grandfather was [...]

Eleanor Rathbone

Eleanor Rathbone is a perfect example of why we need the We Are The 51 campaign to celebrate the achievements of women. You may not think you know her name but you will undoubtedly have benefited from her works. Throughout her life Miss Rathbone as she was known, campaigned for better conditions [...]

Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone was a leading activist and pioneer of both the abolitionist and women’s rights movements. Lucy was born in Massachusetts as the eighth of nine children to parents who were both committed abolitionists. Even before she attended college, Lucy taught in local schools. When one winter [...]

Ada Salter

Ada Salter’s ideas and activism transformed social and economic conditions in south-east London, and revolutionised politics in her home patch of Bermondsey and beyond. Sadly she is now, largely, forgotten. Yet, she was the first woman councillor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the [...]

Antoinette Brown Blackwell

Antoinette Brown Blackwell was the first woman to be ordained as a mainstream protestant minister in the United States and distinguished herself from her contemporaries with her use of religious faith in her efforts to expand women’s rights. Antoinette attended Oberlin College, known for its [...]
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