Monday, 29 September 2014

In Our Time - Bluestockings

Did you know that the Bluestockings were actually a specific group of intellectual eighteenth century ladies who used to meet for tea and elevated conversation?  I didn't until I listened to an episode of In Our Time devoted to the subject.

Elizabeth Montagu - known as 'the Queen of the Bluestockings', and at a time when nobody took the opinions of mere women seriously she provided an opportunity to shine to some gifted females.

Incidentally, it was only much later the term took on the pejorative tone it has still got today.

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