Margaret Wynne Nevinson

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:
Margaret Wynne Nevinson

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Margaret Wynne Nevinson, born Margaret Wynne Jones was a cleryman's daughter. Due to the death of her father, which led to family financial problems, Margaret was not able to pursue a university education. She spent time as a teacher and an accompanist at a music school in Germany. On her return to London, she took a teaching job and eventually got a degree through a part-time correspondence course at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. After her marriage to Henry Nevinson, she became aware of London poverty. She also became an advocator of women's rights. She joined other feminists in their campaign for the Married Women's Property Act and joined the Women's Social and Political Union. By the early 1890s, Margaret and her husband separated. For the rest of her life, Margaret Nevinson combined journalism and community service, feminist political activism, and local government office holding. She also became a poor law guardian, a school manager, a justice of peace for Hampstead, and a staunch Liberal. This chapter presents one of Nevinson's articles which satirizes the husband's legal right to incarcerate his wife in the workhouse. Her article contributed to the change of law regarding women's rights in a marital union.

Keywords: Margaret Wynne Nevinson; London poverty; women's rights; Women's Property Act; community service; political activism; workhouse

Chapter.  2536 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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