Monday, December 8, 2014

Historic Women @54StJamesStreet | Home of @TheWomensOrg | Eleanor Rathbone

When The Women's Organisation opened the doors of their new £5.3mil building in the Baltic Triangle district of Liverpool, they were keen to show the influence that iconic women of history have had on the organisation.

Each room at 54 St James Street has been carefully named after an inspiring woman who made her mark in history. The Women's Organisation wanted to introduce you to some of these amazing women so you can see why they have been recognised at the Women's International Centre for Economic Development (WICED)

The Rathbone Room is one of our smaller meeting rooms, which is stylish, comfortable and designed to facilitate meetings of between 2 and 6 people. These rooms also benefit from natural light, heating and cooling system, which can be controlled from inside the room, and free WiFi connectivity. 

Eleanor Rathbone (1872-1946)

Eleanor Florence Rathbone was born in London and educated at home by a governess and private tutors before entering Somerville College, Oxford in 1893. At university Rathbone became involved in the struggle to obtain women the vote and eventually became a leading figure in the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). 

After leaving university with a degree in philosophy, Rathbone became secretary of the Women's Industrial Council in Liverpool and was very involved in the organisation's campaign against low pay and poor working conditions. In 1909 she became the first woman to be elected to Liverpool City Council and over the next few years argued for improved housing in the city. 

On the resignation of Millicent Fawcett in 1919, Rathbone became president of the NUWSSS. During the Second World War Rathbone continued to campaign for family allowances and in 1940 published; 'The Case for Family Allowances'. This became the policy of the Labour Party and her family allowances system was introduced.

However, Rathbone was furious when she discovered that the allowance was to be paid to the father rather than the mother. This negated the feminist implications of the measure and she threatened to vote against the bill. 

If you would like to find out more about our Rathbone room and our other suites and spaces at 54 St James Street, find us here

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