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Fashion, Fury and Feminism: Women’s fight for change, with Tessa Boase | Zoom Event by The Ebell

March 14, 2021

[Posted by Chuck Almdale, on behalf of the Ebell of Los Angeles.]

Join Tessa Boase in England as she tells the intriguing story about women’s love affair with plumes, offered to you by the Ebell of Los Angeles.

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The Ebell Club of LA, founded in 1894, is hosting a Zoom presentation from Britain on Monday, March 15 at noon LA time. Tessa Boase is a researcher and journalist, and has dug up the origins of both the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Audubon Society, by women. I’ve seen it – she is a wonderful, vibrant presenter. Sorry for the late invitation – it came up quickly.

For half a century, from the 1870s to the 1920s, women on both sides of the Atlantic were gripped by a fashion craze that decreed all hats should be laden with feathers. Not just feathers, but wings and whole birds – often several birds at a time. Species the world over were slowly brought to the brink of extinction, and all for the sake of millinery. Campaigning on behalf of the birds was a small band of angry women with a splendidly simple goal They were going to stamp out the fashion for feathers in hats.

Leading the battle in Britain was a fearsome woman who has not been remembered by history, and yet for 50 years was the driving force behind the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Her name was Etta Lemon. Where she led in 1889, the Audubon Society would follow.

From her home in the UK, author, social historian and former investigative journalist Tessa Boase brings us the intriguing untold story of women, birds, hats – and votes!

You may recognize some similarities in this British story to that of Harriet Strong, the founder of The Ebell of Los Angeles, and Ebell‘s early days—an excellent way to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Monday, March 15, 2021
12:00 pm PST
Don’t be late: Daylight Savings Time begins March 14.
Move your clocks forward. Note: time does not yet change in England

where there will only be 7 hours difference from PST.
Phyllis Hansen and Judith Thompson, Co-Chairs

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743 South Lucerne Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90005

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