(24) Beatrice Potter (later Webb) was, with husband, Sidney, a leader of the society; Alice Zimmern was a pupil of Fabian Graham Wallas and a writer of books on women's issues; novelist Beatrice Harraden, a graduate of London University, was a protege of Eliza Lynn Linton.
For Beatrice Potter the reading room offered entry into the masculine world of public policy.
The case of Beatrice Potter, however, reveals the contradictions intrinsic to such an effort: as they succeeded in integrating themselves into public life, these activists lost their oppositional stance as women, disappearing into government bureaucracies or male-dominated counterpublics.
This is as far from the gentle geniality of Beatrice Potter
's originals as can be.
Also on This Day: 1561: Birth of statesmanand philosopher Francis Bacon; 1788: Birth of Lord Byron; 1849: Birth of Swedish playwright, novelist & poet August Strindberg; 1858: Birth of social reformer Beatrice Potter
Webb; 1907: Birth of England & Everton striker Dixie Dean; 1920: Birth of England football manager Sir Alf Ramsey; 1947: Snow started falling in Britain and continued for the next 54 days; 1983: Anne Winter became British rail's first woman driver.
From this it is clear that this is as far from the gentle geniality of Beatrice Potter
's original stories as can be.
Beatrice Potter, young, strong-willed and witty, meets Joseph Chamberlain, a widower in his late 40s.
It was Beatrice Potter, the grand-daughter of a Liberal MP, a follower of Herbert Spencer and already, at the age of 26 , an important social reformer.
The case book kept by the philanthropic rent collector the redoubtable Beatrice Potter
(later Webb) provide the raw material for tracing |East End Lives' that show an exceptionally fluid form of family life.