Although The Freewoman published articles on women's waged work, housework, motherhood, the suffrage movement, and literature, its notoriety and influence rested on its frank discussions of sexuality, morality, and marriage. The Freewoman urged tolerance for homosexuality, advocated for free love, and encouraged women to remain unmarried.
The Freewoman's editorial stance distinguished it sharply from the attitude of suffragists like Millicent Fawcett who was so disturbed at the journal's approach to sexuality that she tore the first issue into little pieces.
In March 1912 Gawthorpe resigned due to poor health and disagreements with Marsden. In September 1912, W H Smith refused to carry The Freewoman and in October 1912, the journal folded.
Freda, 72, Is Honoured as City's First Ever Freewoman ; Chelmsford Rewards Councillor for Her Commitment to Charities
Jul 26, 2012; A 72-year-old fundraiser and volunteer has become the first freewoman of our new city after a life dedicated to helping others...