VERA BRITTAIN

Vera Brittain is today probably best known as the author of 'Testament of Youth', in which she described her experiences of nursing injured soldiers during the First World War.

The war robbed Vera of her brother and her fiancé: the experience made her a confirmed pacifist. She was also a feminist, and believed that feminism and pacifism are closely linked as are all movements to liberate people from unjust and inhuman treatment. From 1937 until she died in 1970 she was a member of the Peace Pledge Union through which she campaigned amongst other things against aerial bombardment during World War Two. 'The struggle against war, which is the final and most vicious expression of force, is fundamentally inseparable from feminism, socialism, slave emancipation and the liberation of subject races.'

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