By Deborah Mcdonald
This soaking up account of the existence and paintings of Clara Collet, a number one economist, statistician and champion of women's employment, is the 1st biography of this amazing lady and divulges via Collet's diaries her attention-grabbing own existence. An early woman college graduate (1880), then instructor, she campaigned for the secondary schooling provision of women at a time while it was once negligible. Her different significant contribution was once in elevating the prestige of working-class girls, turning into a Commissioner for the Royal fee on Labour (1892). She used to be with regards to the relatives of Karl Marx, fairly with Eleanor Marx, and with Beatrice Webb. Her enduring friendship with the cult Victorian writer George Gissing deeply prompted his writing. Her operating relationships with Charles sales space, Lloyd George, Ramsay MacDonald and Winston Churchill also are celebrated
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1, p. 136. 5. MSS diary, 15 September 1876. 6. Ibid. 7. MSS diary, 6 October 1876. 8. , 14 October 1876. 9. Chambers Dictionary (Edinburgh: Harrap, 1993). 10. Comyn, ‘My Recollections of Karl Marx’, pp. 161–9. Marian Comyn was acquainted later in the Club’s life, after Collet had moved. The first meetings alternated between the Marxs’ and the Collets’. 11. MSS diary, 27 February 1878. 12. Ibid. 13. Ibid. 14. Ibid. 15. Comyn, ‘My Recollections of Karl Marx’, pp. 161–9. 16. , p. 161. 17. , p. 162.
From his first marriage Josiah had five children and from his second a further five. All the family followed Josiah in his unorthodox beliefs. The elder boys were groomed to take over the family business on their father’s retirement. When Clara first became acquainted with the family around 1882, Mentor was 31 years of age, Arthur 29, Sydney2 22 and Ernest 18; she was the same age as Sydney and initially she was drawn closer to him than the others. 3 Sometimes she was asked to dance: ‘We had a quadrille, AH sat next [to] me but did not ask me to dance until SG went and asked Polly, when he graciously offered his arm’,4 and sometimes she was not: ‘This time no-one asked me to dance’,5 but not being one to worry unduly she invited some young boys to dance with her and had an enjoyable evening nonetheless.
She asked Karl Marx for assistance and he suggested that she should check the History of the Punic Wars by Schlosser in order to locate the information. Marx took her up to his study, where he located the book and the chapter to which Miss Oswald had been referring. 21 Education and revolution 19 When Carrie had left school five years before Clara, there had been no tertiary education available to women other than Girton, Cambridge, which allowed women to follow a degree-level course but did not confer upon them a title.
Clara Collet, 1860-1948: An Educated Working Woman (Woburn Education Series) by Deborah Mcdonald