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The Magna Carta and Women
Thursday 6th October 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
A talk by Jocelynne Scutt, author of Women & The Magna Carta – A Treaty for Rights or Wrongs?
Today, more than 150 years after Harriet Taylor’s hopes, expressed in her ‘Enfranchisement of Women’ 800 years after King John agreed at Runnymede under the eyes of barons intent on advancing their rights, is Magna Carta relevant to today’s women?
In ‘Magna Carta in the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries’ (2015), Michael Beloff, QC, contended Magna Carta was ‘an always speaking statute’: it ‘should be given its current, not simply its historic meaning’. How then does Magna Carta in its past and current meanings speak for women? Is Magna Carta a charter for advancing women’s rights or a licence for affirming women’s wrongs?