60. THE WALNUT TREE: WOMEN, VIOLENCE AND THE LAW - A HIDDEN HISTORY

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60. THE WALNUT TREE: WOMEN, VIOLENCE AND THE LAW - A HIDDEN HISTORY
Kate Morgan
Thursday 27th June 15:45 (60 Min)
Evelyn Partners Spiegeltent
'A woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the more they are beaten, the better they’ll be.’ So went the proverb quoted by a prominent MP in the Houses of Parliament in 1853. His words – intended ironically in a debate about a rise in attacks on women – summed up the prevailing attitude of the day, in which violence against women was waved away as a part and parcel of modern living – a chilling seam of misogyny that had polluted both parliament and the law. But were things about to change? Exploring the 19th- and early 20th Century legal history that influenced the modern-day stances on issues such as domestic abuse, sexual violence and divorce, Kate Morgan lifts the lid on the shocking history of women under British law – and what it means for women today.
Event Theme: Society
£5.00
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