My recent reading has taken me to biographies of women whose names I knew, but of whose lives I knew little.
They are Diana Mitford Mosley (2003); Dorothy Parker (1967); and Anne Hutchinson (1643).
The dates in parentheses indicate the year of death.
As it happens those dates also indicate the way in which I think of these women - in reverse order. Thus it is that I have little respect for Diana Mitford Mosley, more respect for Dorothy Parker, and enormous respect for Anne Hutchinson.
I believe that these three women “stood against the crowd”, for good or for ill.
At a time in history when women are once again being subjugated by the religions of terror (i.e. Fundamentalist Islam and Fundamentalist Christianity – [there is not much between them]) I believe that it is vitally important that we should learn from those women who have made a difference.
I will write more about Lady Mosley, Dorothy Parker, and Mistress Hutchinson in the coming days.