Most commonly known as the daughter of Karl, Eleanor Marx was an impressive figure in her own right. Raised in a household that unsurprisingly instilled a sense of social responsibility in its children, she nevertheless took her father’s towering legacy and diverted it in her own, more practical direction.
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
June started with the government setting out its legislative agenda for the next year in the Queen’s Speech. For the first time ever both the proposer and seconder of the Speech were female, with both Penny Mordaunt (Con, Portsmouth North) and Annette Brook (Lib Dem, Mid Dorset and North Poole) receiving much praise for their respective work in welcoming the traditional opening of Parliament. Not being expected to cause any great political earthquakes, the day conformed to expectations. The Childcare Payments Bill and Modern Slavery Bill had already been confirmed in the months leading up to June, so perhaps the announcements that will have the most impact on women in particular were regarding the two pensions bills or the Armed Forces Bill.