Anna Martin

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI:
Anna Martin

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This chapter discusses Anna Martin, a kind person, an active suffragist, a tax resister, and social critic. Martin was born in Ireland and from a family of scholars. She was one of the first women students at the University of London and she received her B.A. in 1886. She worked as a vice principal of a girls' school before devoting her time to the Bermondsey Settlement. As a settlement worker concentrating on the district's married women, Martin tried to minimize the class distance between herself and her clients. She also founded the Guild of Women Citizens, which offered education for the local women. In turn, these women served as a constituency for the suffrage movement, attending demonstrations. She also stood firm against the marginalization of women within the household and within society. This chapter offers one of Martin's articles on the gradual transformation of the domestic lives of poor women. Whereas before they had accepted ill-treatment and social neglect, Martin contended that with the advent of suffragist agitation, women were fighting and were beginning to make personal claims on life. Her article also tackled the five-pound maternity in response to the proposal of Eleanor Rathbone's Family Endowment Council.

Keywords: Anna Martin; suffragist; tax resister; social critic; Bermondsey Settlement; women; suffrage; marginalization; five-pound maternity

Chapter.  5986 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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