Press release on Early Day Motion 1023 on Eleanor Rathbone's contribution to politics

I’m delighted to have signed Early day motion 1023.  This calls on the government to recognise the importance of Eleanor Rathbone in the fight for female equality by renaming a committee room in the Palace of Westminster in her honour.

Eleanor Rathbone played a fundamental role in the integration of women into the political life of this country in equal status.  She also played a key role in the development of family allowances and in the campaign to protect women in the British Empire.  And as well as campaigning for women’s rights, she fought for the defence of democratic political ideals in the face of Nazism and fascism, having begun to campaign against Hitler in 1933, within months of his succession to power.

It is essential that such brave and important individuals, who have done so much for our country, are remembered.  I hope the call to name a committee room after Eleanor Rathbone is heeded as this will help to achieve this.

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Image credit: LSE Women’s Library (link here).

For more information, please contact Bernard Jenkin MP’s office at or 0207 219 0429.