Women’s History, January 22

22 Jan

The Age of Morality (?)

January 22, 1901. Queen Victoria dies. Victoria ruled over Great Britain for 64 years. She took the throne at eighteen years of age and ruled until her death at 82 years old. Her marriage to her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was legendary. They had nine children together and upon Albert’s death, Victoria plunged into a deep depression.  Their nine children and 26 of their 42 grandchildren married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname “the grandmother of Europe.”

January 22, 1554, Lady Catherine Grey dies.  Catherine was the younger sister of Henry VIII and the younger sister of Grey Lady Jane Grey, a.k.a. The Nine Day Queen, who was then executed for treason.

Happy Birthday, Beatrice Potter Webb.  Webb was a sociologist, economist, reformer and a co-founder of the London School of Economics.  Webb identified as a socialist.  Webb collaborated with her husband in drafting the policy statement, Labour and the New Social Order.

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