The big movie release this week is Suffragette, but 100 years before the Pankhurst-led push for suffrage, a Hackney-based hero was scandalising the establishment by suggesting a woman could be a man’s equal. She is the star of our polemical walk ‘Feminist (Or Is It?) Stoke Newington’.
Often referred to as the ‘founder of modern feminism’, Mary Wollstonecraft was truly a woman/person/human being ahead of her time. To some extent she still is; there is no monument to her in the place where she formed many of her views on the education of women and their place in society – Newington Green.
It’s an incredible story tied to a powerful narrative of Hackney social changemakers. Mary hung out with – and was one of – the leading socially progressive minds of the late 1700s. She was a writer, editor, campaigner, adventurer, mother and much more. So why haven’t you heard more of her? Why was her reputation left in tatters until very recently?
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In the meantime, have a look at the Mary on the Green website or this short campaign video for a memorial for an inspiring character who took on the status quo and some of the biggest opinion-formers of the time to put the campaign for equal rights – for half the planet – well and truly on the debating table. #whereswolly