politics

Constance Markievicz

Constance Markievicz was submitted by Faye Quinn for the Women’s History Month 2019 zine which will be available in March. Submissions are still open! Constance Markievicz was an Irish political in the early 1900’s. She fought in the centre of the Easter Rising for 6 days and was then sentenced to lifetime imprisonment. She was …

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Susan Lawrence

Susan Lawrence was one of the first three Labour women MPs, and the first woman to represent a London constituency.   Lawrence began her political life as a Conservative member of London County Council. In 1912, she met trade unionist Mary Macarthur in 1912 and was converted to socialism. She rejoined the council as a member of the Labour …

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Ellen Wilkinson

Ellen Wilkinson was the first female Minister of Education and the second woman to become a Cabinet Minister.   Wilkinson was known by some as “Red Ellen”, as in the early 1920s before she entered Parliament she was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Before entering politics, Wilkinson worked for a women’s suffrage …

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Katherine Stewart-Murray

Kathrine Stewart-Murray, Duchess of Atholl, was a Scottish noblewoman and Scottish Unionist Party politician.   Stewart-Murray was active in Scottish local government, despite the fact that she herself had been an anti-suffrage campaigner prior to WWI. She served on the “Highlands and Islands Medical Service Committee” that was credited with creating the forerunner of the National …

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Margaret Wintringham

Margaret Wintringham was the first female Liberal MP and the first British-born woman to take a seat in Parliament.   Winteringham had begun her working life as a school headmistress, a magistrate and a member of the Grimsby Education Committee. She was a member of the National Union of Women Workers, the British Temperance Association, the National Union …

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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 …