Haddon Musings’ Feminist Friday – Marie Stopes | Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes was born on 15th October 1880 in Edinburgh.  Her father Henry was a brewer, engineer, architect and palaeontologist, and her mother Charlotte was a Shakespearean scholar and women’s rights campaigner.  Her parents had met at one of the meetings of The British Association for the Advancement of Science.  Marie was taken to the meetings, where she met…

Source: Haddon Musings’ Feminist Friday – Marie Stopes | Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

The Shocking Death of Victorian Servant Eliza Bollends

Mimi Matthews

A Scullery Maid at Work by Charles Joseph Grips, 1866.A Scullery Maid at Work by Charles Joseph Grips, 1866.

Many historical novels feature a serving girl who has gotten herself into “trouble.”  In fiction, the understanding mistress of the house is quick to intervene and, in short order, the serving girl’s future is secured to everyone’s satisfaction.  In reality, female servants of the 19th century were expected to preserve their reputations in order to maintain genteel employment.  The character of one’s servants was a reflection on the house as a whole.  To that end, no respectable Victorian lady wanted a light-skirt for a housemaid or a wanton for a cook, and many mistresses strictly forbade male callers or “hangers on.” 

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