Monday, 21 June 2010
Women who made a difference
Last weekend saw the annual flower festival in the church at Chiselborough. It is always interesting to see a theme in place and how the arrangers have interpreted it. Women who have made a difference was this year and I can think of several others I should like to have seen on display.
To be fair there was a suffragette, but instead of Emmeline Pankhurst, how about Laura Ormiston Chant? She earned the enmity of Winston Churchill and the censure of George Bernard Shaw, among others. http://womenshistory.about.com/library/etext/bl_1893_pwr_chant.htm
Then there is my third cousin Sylvia, a professor at the London School of Economics. Sylvia is quite a prolific author (with others) in the field of improving the lot of women in the third world and is a not infrequent visitor to conferences on the subject. http://www2.lse.ac.uk/researchAndExpertise/Experts/profile.aspx?KeyValuefirstname.lastname@example.org
A third example of a Chant with a mission is Margaret. Her family line is from Odcombe, although she is American. Her father-in-law was Greek Prime Minister, her husband was Greek Prime Minister and her son is the current Greek Prime Minister. http://wiki.phantis.com/index.php/Margaret_Papandreou
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