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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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Tessa Jowell

The biography for this weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Hayley Jackson. Baroness Tessa Jowell 17th September 1947 – 12th May 2018 Tessa Jowell was born in London in 1947 and was the eldest of three children. Her father was a physician and her mother a radiographer. The family moved to Aberdeen when …

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Margaret of Austria

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Hannah Powell and will be included in the next Illustrated Women in History zine! Margaret of Austria Margaret was born in 1480, her father was the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I who ruled over large swathes of western Europe, including Austria and the Netherlands. Her mother, …

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Danica Roem

Danica Roem is an American journalist and politician of the Democratic Party from Northern Virginia. In the 2017 elections, she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. She will become the first openly transgender person to both be elected to a U.S. state’s legislature and serve her term. Roem was born in Prince William …

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Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott was the first black woman ever elected to the British Parliament in 1987. She has since built a distinguished career as a Labour MP, broadcaster and commentator. Abbott was born in London in 1953. She attended the grammar school Harrow County and then went on to Newnham College Cambridge where she obtained a …

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Geraldine Ferraro

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Maria Karambatsakis for the Illustrated Women in History 2017 exhibition at Swindon Central Library. In a time where women were still fighting for their place in the world, especially in politics, Geraldine Ferraro emerged and ran as a running mate with Walter Mondale in 1984. This …