the second decade of the twentieth century.69 Inspired by British
campaigns for women’s suffrage, American women had also begun
to argue against the assumption that male political dominance was
justified by the capacity – assumed to be exclusively male – to defend
the State through force of arms.
A powerfully radical strain of feminism infused the nursing profession on both sides of the Atlantic. Emma Goldman, a professional
nurse, whose views were coloured by political anarchism, had an
important influence on campaigner for sexual emancipation Margaret
Russian Revolution … health
issues, infant mortality, anarchism … education of women, Black civil
rights, disabled women, the Irish independence movement, free love,
psychology, and so much more.” 194 Given the practice of not publicizing or sharing
attendance at meetings or the topics under discussion, there are no records
to verify when La Motte joined this group, but in 1920 members presented
their founder, Marie Jenney Howe, 195 with an album of photographs and inscriptions.
La Motte’s is to be found a little more than