Martha Beatrice Webb, Baroness Passfield, was an English sociologist, economist, socialist and social reformer. Although her husband became Baron Passfield in 1929, she preferred to be known simply as Beatrice Webb. She coined the term collective bargaining. Along with her husband Sidney and numerous others, she co-founded the London School of Economics and Political Science and played a crucial role in the forming of the Fabian Society.
. . . if I had been a man, self-respect, family pressure and the public opinion of my class would have pushed me into a money-making profession; as a mere woman I could carve out a career of disinterested research.
If I ever felt inclined to be timid as I was going into a room full of people, I would say to myself, 'You're the cleverest member of one of the cleverest families in the cleverest class of the cleverest nation. . . why should you be frightened?'