Eleanor, an Inspirational Woman

Merseyside's historical social campaigner Eleanor Rathbone is to be commemorated in a special exhibition.

Eleanor's reforms were among the most significant of the last century. 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of her death, and the Wirral's Rathbone Studio is holding an exhibition of women artists inspired by this most inspirational woman.

‘Eleanor, an Inspirational Woman’ exhibition is the art work of ten women artists influenced by the life and work of Eleanor Rathbone. The work on show includes paintings, ceramics, poetry and sculpture. The artwork focuses on the extent and diversity of her work creating a very thought provoking and powerful exhibition.

Eleanor Rathbone was the first woman to be elected as a member of Liverpool City Council in 1909, a position she maintained until 1934. The same year, she published her first book, How the Casual Labourer Lives. She co-founded The Liverpool Women Citizen's Association to promote women's involvement in political affairs. At the outbreak of World War I, Rathbone organised The Town Hall Soldiers' And Sailors' Families Organisation to support wives and dependants of soldiers. She also foundered The 1918 Club in Liverpool (still meeting at The Adelphi Hotel), is reputedly the oldest women's forum still meeting. She became a member of parliament in 1929.

The exhibition ‘Eleanor, an Inspirational Woman’ will open on Saturday 30th April and run until Saturday 11th June and is part of the ‘Remember Eleanor Rathbone’ events