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Lella Secor Florence (née Lella Faye Secor)

(1887-1966), Journalist, author and birth control pioneer; Wife of Philip Sargant Florence

Sitter in 4 portraits
As a journalist and pacifist, Florence had been invited onto Henry Ford's Peace Ship to report on the voyages attempts to negotiate an end to World War I in Europe. On her return she became involved in pacifist efforts to prevent the United States involvement with the war. Two years later Florence moved to Cambridge with her husband, the economist Philip Florence. Increasingly involved with women's rights and a member of the Women's International League, Florence established the Cambridge Birth Control Clinic in 1925. In 1930, her book Birth Control on Trial was published. The couples house Highfields in Birmingham became a hub of intellectual activity, where the poet Louis MacNeice lived with them for a time.

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Philip Sargant Florence and family, possibly by James Beaumont Strachey - NPG Ax24021

Philip Sargant Florence and family

possibly by James Beaumont Strachey
vintage snapshot print, late 1920s
NPG Ax24021

Mary Sargant-Florence and family, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax24023

Mary Sargant-Florence and family

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, late 1920s
NPG Ax24023

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