Fri, September 21, 2007 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea rooms, HRC 3.206
Lloyd George's love for Frances Stevenson, his mistress and secretary, carried with it unique political advantages. She was a loyal, efficient, and effective political ally in a partnership that endured for three decades. She helped at every stage and was a vital part of his success. The unusual thing about the relationship was not so much its emotional and sexual context as the political advantages it offered to both parties. It gave her a measure of authority in a male world. Her influencSusan Pedersen is Professor of History at Columbia University. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University, where she was a member of the faculty from 1988 until 2003. Her books include Family, Dependence, and the Origins of the Welfare State: Britain and France, 1914-1945 (1994) and Eleanor Rathbone and the Politics of Conscience (2004). She is now writing a history of the mandates system of the League of Nations.