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Eleanor Rathbone

Eleanor Rathbone was an independent British MP, social reformer, suffragist and feminist who is best known for her success in fighting for family allowance and women’s rights. Rathbone was born into a influential family in Liverpool, her father was social reformer William Rathbone VI and her mother, his second wife, Emily Lyle. Rathbone’s parents encouraged …

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Savitribai Phule

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Ramya Ramakrishnan for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April 2017 Swindon Central Library.  Savitribai Phule: (1831 – 1897) Savitribai was an Indian social reformer, standing up for the injustices against women. She worked along with her husband, Jyotirao Phule. From child marriage, to the …

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Gloria Steinem

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Sophie Lloyd for the upcoming Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April at Swindon Central Library. It is part of the Illustrated Women in History III zine which is now available here http://etsy.me/2nwlby2 Gloria Steinem is is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer who …

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Marina Ginestà i Coloma

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Jan (LeToMaGiC zine) for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April 2017 at Swindon Central Library.  Marina Ginestà i Coloma Marina Ginestà Coloma was born in Toulouse in 1919, because her leftist working-class parents had emigrated from Catalunya to France. Her grandmother Micaela Chalmeta had …

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Wanda Gág

Wanda Gág was an American artist, author, translator and illustrator. She wrote and illustrated the children’s book Millions of Cats, which won both a Newbery Honor Award and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. It is the oldest American picture book still in print. Gág was born in 1893 in New Ulm, Minnesota. Her parents, Elisabeth …

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Florynce Kennedy

Florynce Kennedy was an American lawyer, activist, civil rights advocate, lecturer and one of the pioneers of second-wave feminism. Kennedy was born in 1916 in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in a mostly white neighbourhood, and as a young child was arrested as the police didn’t believe she lived in the neighbourhood. On one occasion, …