Tag Archives: Mary Shelley

Standing On Their Shoulders!


When appointed to the United States Supreme Court by President WJ (Bill) Clinton in the 1990s, Ruth Bader Ginsberg said:


I would not be in this room today, if it were not for the women and men who kept dreams alive … Dreams when no one would listen. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony come to mind …



               Photo: H.S. Blatch on Wall Street, 1910-1915. Library of Congress


This week – Tuesday 21 January – is the birthday of writer and suffragist Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch. She was born in 1856, daughter of 

Mapping Famous Women’s Lives – Writers & Artists in London’s History

Several years ago, I had the opportunity of a weekend stay in central London. This led to my wondering what I’d like to do there. A visit to one of the usual places – museum, gallery, theatre – would be a good standby but I also wanted something more, something behind the glitzy city façade: a more personal, more exploratory, more emotionally engaging experience of London.

I’d been reading Miranda Seymour’s compelling biography of Mary Shelley’s extraordinary but in many ways deeply sad life. It was such an engrossing read that I felt I’d grown close to Mary and wanted …