You've most likely heard of Edward Molyneux and Charles "Derby" Sabini, but have you heard of Dr. Marie Stopes?
Today I'm going to introduce you to three people you've read about in the Ginger Gold Mysteries Series who each had a significant impact on society in the 1920s. In their own unique ways, these three shaped the culture of Ginger Gold's world. Although, unlike Ginger, the individuals discussed below are not fictional.
1. Edward Molyneux
Edward Molyneux made his mark in British high society with his couture fashion designs. Beginning his career as an illustrator, Molyneux's plans were temporarily interrupted by World War I, when he served in the British Army resulting in the loss of an eye. After the war, Molyneux returned to fashion and opened his own couture house in Paris in 1919. His success became so great that his designs were requested by European Royalty and famous British actresses, such as Greta Garbo. Edward's designs are still admired for their elegance and subtly.
2. Charles "Derby" Sabini
Charles Sabini was one of London's most notorious British Italian mobsters in the 1920s, gaining much of his power through his numerous connections with police officers and other affluent social figures. In 1927, Sabini's gang gained their great moment of fame after defeating rival gang McDonald's Elephant Boys in a bloody battle over territory. As a result of this great win, Sabini was considered to reign over all of South London for a time. Sabini's powerful presence also extended to the world of horse racing, through which he made the majority of his income by way of various shady dealings. The life and times of Charles "Derby" Sabini has been documented throughout the years, most recently garnering even more attention through the TV show Peaky Blinders which depicts gang life in Britain after World War l.
3. Dr. Marie Stopes
Dr. Marie Stopes was a controversial figure in the early 1920s for a variety of reasons. A notable figure from a young age, Stopes earned her PHD studying plant behaviour and went on to become the first female lecturer of the science faculty at the University of Manchester. Although famous at the time for her scientific breakthroughs, Stopes is best known today for her fierce efforts to educate women about their reproductive health. In 1918 she published Married Love , followed by Wise Parenthood, both of which were loudly denounced by the church. The medical community also criticized Stopes for writing about women's health since she was not a medical doctor. Despite the strong backlash, Stopes opened a family planning clinic in London in 1921 with the help of her second husband. The clinic sought to provide free healthcare for impoverished women and to educate them about their own bodies. The clinic became so busy that women were often lined up at the doors, some even being turned away. Over the years more clinics were established due to Stopes's efforts. Today, there are many clinics across the globe that are named after Dr. Marie Stopes.
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