Child benefit has been changing lives for 70 years. Let’s not forget the woman behind it | Selma James | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Rathbone convinced Lord Beveridge (above), on whose 1942 report the postwar welfare state was based, to recognise the work of the housewife with ‘family allowances in cash’.’ Photograph: Hans Wild/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

Universal family allowance, now known as child benefit and no longer universal, was paid for the first time 70 years ago today. It was primarily the work of Eleanor Rathbone.

When suffrage was won, many who had fought hard for it left the movement to pursue the careers they had previously been denied. But for Rathbone, suffrage was a preliminary goal in the quest to change the situation and status of “the sweated woman worker, the unhappily married wife, and the…

Source: Child benefit has been changing lives for 70 years. Let’s not forget the woman behind it | Selma James | Opinion | The Guardian

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