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Webb, Beatrice

Rappaport, Helen (2001) Webb, Beatrice. In: Encyclopedia of women social reformers. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara.

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Abstract

"A leading socialist economist, political and social reformer, and writer, Beatrice Webb was a pioneer member of the Fabian Society. Together with her husband, Sidney Webb, she was an outstanding propagandist for the Labour movement in Britain in the years before World War II. However, Webb chose to serve those in need not through philanthropic work, which she considered generally ineffectual, but through her extensive writings and her political connections, in which she lobbied for legislative change. In her many publications, coauthored with her husband or written alone, she exposed the social ills of wage slavery and the exploitation of the working classes. Working closely with trade unionists, she initiated the foundation of trade boards for the regulation of wages and working conditions, particularly in unregulated industries where women workers predominated." - introductory paragraph.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2015 12:16
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2015 12:18
URI: http://webbs.library.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/811

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