Oral history project
Launch of publication
Remembering Eleanor Rathbone
Thursday 18 November 6-7.30pm
Free registration: CLICK HERE
Seventy-five years from the first payment of family allowance (now child benefit), on 6 August 1946, mothers and other family members remember the formidable feminist campaigner who made this happen. A team of volunteers interviewed 145 women and 10 men, aged 36 to 95, from different regions and backgrounds in the UK, on what this payment meant to them and their families.
The publication also includes excerpts from Rathbone’s pathbreaking The Disinherited Family and from the historical parliamentary debates which prefaced the introduction of the Family Allowances Act 1945 – the first measure of the new Welfare State.
This project is a timely reminder that child poverty is not only still with us but is rising, and that the caring work of mothers and others remains undervalued.
SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:
Baroness Lister, Professor of Social Policy, Loughborough University
Jenny Rathbone, great-niece of Eleanor, Member of the Senedd for Cardiff Central
Solveig Francis, Crossroads Women
Lesley Urbach, The Remembering Eleanor Rathbone Group
Mothers who contributed interviews
Tel: 020 7482 2496 (Crossroads Women)
Funded by the Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust