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Mary Stocks

  • Domestic work, is, after all, both tedious and repetitive, and it is not surprising that most women and all men avoid as much of it as possible.

  • Its total message seems to be: 'Use more things, want more things, other people have more things so why not you, because on the multiplicity of your material wants and your success in satisfying them depends your happiness and the greatness of your nation.'

  • [On women as priests:] It has always seemed very odd to me that this particular sphere of activity should remain a male closed shop, seeing that, to judge from church attendance, women are the more religious sex — while our criminal statistics make quite clear that they are the least wicked.

  • It is clearly absurd that it should be possible for a woman to qualify as a saint with direct access to the Almighty, while she may not qualify as a curate.

  • We don't call it sin today, we call it self-expression.

    • Mary Stocks,
    • in Jonathon Green, The Cynic's Lexicon ()

Mary Stocks, English economist, broadcaster, educator

(1891 - 1975)

Full name: Mary Danvers Brinton  Stocks, Baroness of Kensington and Chelsea, often known simply as Baroness Stocks.