For Women’s History Month, we look at the lives of three remarkable women of the 20th century – Joan Mary Fry, Elizabeth Fox Howard and Francesca Wilson. Each of them in their own way responded to the challenges of world war, testified to their belief in international friendship and worked to relieve suffering.
Joan Mary Fry (1862-1955) is probably the most well-known of the three (you may remember her face on the “Britons of distinction” postage stamp). She was one of a large family with a strong interest in questions of political justice, several of whom went on to devote their life to public service (her sister Margery was a penal reformer, and principal of Somerville College, Oxford; another, Ruth, was a prominent peace campaigner).
Joan Mary Fry (1862-1955) (Library ref. F91)
In her Swarthmore Lecture (1910) Joan Mary Fry spoke of the way that spirit and action are not…
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