Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda
Standard Name: Rhondda, Margaret Haig,,, Viscountess
Birth Name: Margaret Haig Thomas
Married Name: Margaret Haig Mackworth
Titled: Margaret Haig Mackworth, Viscountess Rhondda
, is remembered for her leading role in the struggle for suffrage and equality, as a founder of the Six Point Group
, and the woman who made possible the very influential Time and Tide: An Independent Non-Party Weekly Review. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography calls her the leading feminist during a long stretch of the twentieth century. She wrote letters, pamphlets, editorials, a memoir, and two collections of essays, travel writing and reviews.
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published Truth Is Not Sober, a collection of short stories dedicated to Lady Rhondda
Shaw, Marion. The Clear Stream: A Life of Winifred Holtby. Virago, 1999.
E. M. Delafield
's novel Thank Heaven Fasting was published with a dedication to Margaret Rhondda which praises the sincerity and strength of [her] own work, both in Time and Tide and elsewhere.
Delafield, E. M. Thank Heaven Fasting. Macmillan, 1932.
McCullen, Maurice. E. M. Delafield. Twayne, 1985.
Powell, Violet. The Life of a Provincial Lady. Heinemann, 1988.
She later attended St Andrews Preparatory School, and after that St Leonard's
school (also in the city of St Andrewsin Scotland), a progressive and academically high-flying girls' public school which also ecucated Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda
She then attended Sherborne Girls' School
, a respected boarding school at Sherborne inDorset. After school, her aunt Lady Rhondda
, who was a governor of the London School of Economics, secured a...
Several times Sayers' letters to her parents mention MJ
getting on the wrong side of employers. On 26 October 1920 Jaeger had got into a quarrel with her employer [presumably Lady Rhondda
] and flung...
Family and Intimate relationships
Margaret, Viscountess Rhondda
, was CM
's aunt by marriage, since her husband, Humphrey Mackworth
, was the eldest surviving brother of Cecily's father. She was kind to Cecily during the latter's childhood, and later...
During her time at Oxford, KOB
developed friendships with the Irishwoman Enid Starkie
(a French scholar of note and later the holder of the Légion d'Honneur) and the English novelist E. M. Delafield
, the editor of Time and Tide, had approached EMD
earlier in 1929 about writing a light serial for the journal. EMD
then attended a lunch with Lady Rhondda, at which George Bernard Shaw
Intertextuality and Influence
E. M. Delafield
The diary abounds with references to contemporary literature, including several internal allusions to Time and Tide. The Provincial Lady engages in friendly rivalry over its competitions for readers and describes social encounters with the...
Leisure and Society
Dorothy L. Sayers
Other speakers in this series included T. S. Eliot
and Lady Rhondda
's publisher, Hutchinson
, blamed this book's poor sales (only 300 copies) on the author's insistence on maintaining her anonymity.
John, Angela V. Elizabeth Robins: Staging a Life, 1862-1952. Routledge, 1995.
Reviewers, however, mostly revealed her identify, and those who quarrelled with this book...
7 May 1915
liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine.
23 December 1919
The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act received royal assent. It removed restrictions based on sex or marriage which prevented women from entering professions, universities, and civic posts.
14 May 1920
Time and Tide began publication, offering a feminist approach to literature, politics, and the arts: Naomi Mitchison
called it the first avowedly feminist literary journal with any class, in some ways ahead of its time.
Mitchison, Naomi. You May Well Ask: A Memoir 1920-1940. Gollancz, 1979.
2 February 1927
, as Chairman of the Equal Political Rights Campaign Committee
, with many other suffrage veterans, signed a letter to the editor of The Times pressing for women to vote on equal terms with men.