International Women's Day Lecture

6:00pm - 7:00pm / Friday 8th March 2019 / Venue: Leggate Lecture Theatre Victoria Gallery & Museum
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
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Join us on International Women's Day for a special talk given by Janet Wolff.

'Eleanor Rathbone – the MP for refugees.'

"This talk is a personal reflection on aspects of Eleanor Rathbone’s life and work, seen through moments in my own family history. Her political work on behalf of refugees and of ‘enemy alien’ internees in Britain in the 1930s and early 1940s had been noted and appreciated by my father, a refugee from Germany in the late 1930s, who spent a year in an Isle of Man internment camp. I grew up knowing her name, and hearing her praise. But I did not then know anything about the work she is more celebrated for, specifically her role in promoting family allowances and other feminist causes. Later she re-appeared in another connection, as collaborator and ally of Ernest Simon in Parliament on questions of housing. I discovered this link after I found myself living in what had been Simon’s family home in south Manchester, and became fascinated by the family’s lives and liberal and engaged political activities. In my recent book, Austerity Baby, a kind of family history and memoir, Eleanor Rathbone turned out to be a recurring character."

Janet Wolff, Professor Emerita of Cultural Sociology at the University of Manchester