Dead Socialist Watch, #236

Mabel Atkinson, daughter of a militant suffragette, an early enthusiast for the bicycle (‘the first great emancipation’ for women), one of the first women to study at the University of Glasgow, author of Local Government in Scotland (1904), and (you will be amazed to hear, given the title of the book just mentioned) an active member of the Fabian Society, which published her 1914 pamphlet on “The Economic Foundations of the Women’s Movement”. She emigrated to South Africa in 1921 and taught in Natal, later becoming involved in campaigns to establish (segregated) higher education for non-whites. Born in Northumberland, England, 2 May 1876; died Durban, South Africa, 16 November 1958.

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