About Beatrice

Who was Beatrice Webb?

Beatrice Potter Webb, a self-taught economist, thought-leader and reformer, was one of the co-founders of the London School of Economics and Political Science, a key member of the Fabian Society and founder of the New Statesman. 

Writer Michael Ward provides a biography of Beatrice –  her life, work and legacy.

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The Minority Report

The publication of Beatrice Webb’s Minority Report on the Poor Law of 1909 was a clarion call not just for the abolition of the workhouse but for the idea of universal public services which reflect our common citizenship. Beatrice Webb argued that poverty was not a result of moral failure but of structural causes that had solutions.

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Webbs on the Web

Webbs on the Web, funded by the Webb Memorial Trust, aims to provide online access to the works of Beatrice and Sidney Webb, promoting and encouraging their use beyond the Library’s walls by providing a single access point via the LSE Digital Library.

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Five things you may not know about Beatrice Webb…

21 Sep 2017

Remarkably few people have heard of Beatrice Webb and her husband Sidney.  When we ask the question. it is usually just a handful of academics or politicians who know... Read More

What would Beatrice Webb say now?

08 Mar 2017

Georgia Smith, Communications Officer at Webb Memorial Trust, highlights the accomplishments of sociologist and social reformer Beatrice Webb and her influence on a forthcoming book, Rethinking Poverty International Women’s... Read More

Beveridge and the Webbs

27 Oct 2015

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Fabian Women’s Network Beatrice Webb Essay Series

26 Mar 2014

The Webb Memorial Trust have teamed up with the Fabian Women’s Network to produce a series of articles on Beatrice Webb. The series of five essays will be launched... Read More

Podcast: Beatrice Webb – her quest for a fairer society

26 Mar 2014

Tackling poverty and inequality is at the heart of progressive politics. But what can history tell us about the struggle for a fairer society, and where does the work... Read More

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