(1872–1946), English feminist and member of Parliament. Feminists in England before World War I had argued that if given the right to vote they would employ their efforts to improve their country. Eleanor Rathbone's career, with her dedication to social reform and assisting poor women and children, fulfilled that promise. Describing herself as a “whole-hearted feminist,” she extended her fight for equality and human rights beyond England's borders, and as a member of Parliament (MP) she achieved many of her goals.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History in Oxford Reference.