Clara Collet 1860-1948: An Educated Working Woman

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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This absorbing account of the life and work of Clara Collet, a leading economist, statistician and champion of women's employment, is the first biography of this remarkable woman and reveals through Collet's diaries her fascinating personal life. An early female university graduate (1880), then teacher, she campaigned for the secondary education provision of girls at a time when it was negligible. Her other major contribution was in raising the status of working-class women, becoming a Commissioner for the Royal Commission on Labour (1892). She was close to the family of Karl Marx, particularly with Eleanor Marx, and with Beatrice Webb. Her enduring friendship with the cult Victorian author George Gissing deeply influenced his writing. Her working relationships with Charles Booth, Lloyd George, Ramsay MacDonald and Winston Churchill are also celebrated
 

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Contents

Of Humble Origins
1
Education and Revolution 187378
12
Dogberrys and Marxs 187378
22
Life in Leicester 187885
37
The School Mistress A Pleasant Life
39
Relationships Traumas and Celebrities
44
The East End Poverty and Investigation 188593
57
Poverty in the East End and the Charity Organisation Society
59
George Gissing Born in Exile
111
George and Clara An Intimate Friendship?
125
Aftermath
161
An Educated Working Woman and Beyond 190348
179
A Successful Life
181
The Final Chapter
208
Epilogue
214
Genealogy of the Collet Family
221

Jack the Ripper and Charles Booth
68
The Interim Years 189093
80
A New Way of Life 18931910
103
The Civil Service A Suitable Career for a Woman?
105
Chronology of Claras Life and Historical Events
226
Select Bibliography
232
Index
243
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