Meet the Winsor sisters, Radnor eccentric activists in the first half of the 20th Century who believed in pacifism, vegetarianism, birth control, equality for all races, genders and sexual orientations, animal rights, and the power of art and literature, reports Main Line Suburban Life.
Close to 100 people showed up Aug. 25 at the Radnor Memorial Library to honor and reminisce about Mary, Ellen and Rebecca Winsor.
The women consistently surprised, shocked, and offended Main Line society. The event, hosted by the Radnor League of Women Voters, Radnor Historical Society and the Library took place in a room named for the sisters.
Ellen Davis, a League of Women Voters intern and Radnor High School sophomore, provided a well -researched presentation on their lives.
Family descendants recalled when the sisters were arrested at the New York Metropolitan Opera House for refusing to stand during the national anthem, objecting to its war-like reference to “bombs bursting in air.”
Equally strong opponents of war, organized religion, and government in all its forms, Rebecca and Ellen Winsor gave proper Main Liners plenty to criticize and gossip about from the 1920’s until their deaths in 1959.
Read more about the Winsor sisters here.