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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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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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Alice Paul

Alice Paul was an American suffragist and feminist who dedicated her life to women’s rights. She was one of the leaders of the campaign for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Paul first learned about the fight for women’s suffrage from her mother, Tacie Paul who was a member of the National American Woman …

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Dolores Heurta

Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association – later the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta’s career in life was inspired by both of her parents, mother’s independence and entrepreneurial spirit was one of the primary reasons she became a feminist. Although her parents divorced, she was fiercely proud …

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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 …