Shaw the man

Shaw the man

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Shaw the pacifist

Look out for the vibrant red flowers of poppies in summer ©

Shaw opposed warfare, and challenged the First World War. In November 1914, he published a pamphlet entitled Common Sense About The War. It was widely seen as unpatriotic.

Shaw the feminist

The terrace becomes the stage, as the audience watch Professor Higgins. © Lizzie Dunford

Shaw was very ahead of his time in his advocation of women's rights. Many of Shaw's plays explore women's position in society, including Pygmalion and Mrs Warren's Profession.

Equality for all

Shaw stands in front of the garage gate. © LSE

Shaw believed in equality of opportunity, and a fair division of land and wealth. Unlike Marx, Shaw believed that socialism would win out over time, rather than by revolution.

A good man fallen among Fabians

Charlotte Shaw with Beatrice and Sydney Webb, founder Fabians.

Charlotte Shaw with Beatrice and Sydney Webb, founder Fabians.

  • George Bernard Shaw joined the Fabian Society in 1885.
  • The Fabian Society had a number of well-known leaders and members at the time, including Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Annie Besant and Edward Carpenter.
  • The Fabian Society challenged the capitalist model, believing that it had created an unfair and imbalanced society.
  • Shaw was actively involved with the Fabian Society, writing a number of pamphlets for the cause. Many of Shaw's plays were also vehicles to forward the Fabian cause, and infuse society with his political beliefs.
  • Beatrice Webb wrote in her diary about Shaw, 'He has been for twelve years a devoted propagandist, hammering away at the ordinary routine of Fabian Executive work with as much persistence as Graham Wallas or Sidney (Webb).'