"Eleanor Rathbone and the Politics of Conscience" by Susan Pedersen

Eleanor Rathbone and the Politics of Conscience Susan Pedersen

Society and the Sexes in the Modern World
Publication date:
12 Aug 2014
Yale University Press
488 pages: 235 x 156mm
31 b-w illus.

When British women demanded the vote in the years before the First World War, they promised to use political rights to remake their country and their world. This is the story of Eleanor Rathbone, the woman who best fulfilled that pledge.
Rathbone cut her political teeth in the suffrage movement in Liverpool, spent two decades crafting social reforms for poor women and children, and was for seventeen years their advocate in the House of Commons. She also played a critical role in imperial policymaking and in the opposition to appeasement. In the last decade of her life she sought to rescue Spanish republicans and Jews threatened by Hitler’s rise to power.
In this important book, Susan Pedersen illuminates both the public and private sides of Rathbone’s life while restoring her to her rightful place as the most sophisticated feminist thinker and most effective British woman politician of the first half of the twentieth century.

Susan Pedersen is professor of history at Columbia University.

Co-Winner of the 2005 Albion Book Prize sponsored by the North American Conference on British Studies for the Best Book Published anywhere by a North American Scholar on any Aspect of British Studies since 1800

“From its opening pages, this long meditated book is clearly prize-winning material.”—Stefan Collini, Cambridge University