chapter  16
‘In Great Haste’: the Personal and Political in the Letters of F.W. Stella Browne (1880-1955), Feminist Socialist Sex Radical
ByLesley A. Hall
Pages 12

Stella Browne is largely known to women’s history as an enthusiastic advocate of birth control, a Communist who resigned from the Party over the question of whether women’s control over their own reproduction was a proletarian issue, and a founder of the Abortion Law Reform Association. A brief biographical essay by Sheila Rowbotham entitled A New World for Women appeared in 1977, 1 from which one gets an impression of a woman whose life centred around addressing public meetings, writing articles, and translating the work of continental sexologists.