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Edith Margaret Garrud

Edith Margaret Garrud was one of the first female professional martial arts instructors in the Western world. She trained the Bodyguard unit of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in jujutsu self-defence techniques. Garrud was in born Bath, Somerset and later moved to Wales. She met and married William Garrud, a physical instructor specializing …

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Rosa May Billinghurst

Rosa May Billinghurst was a suffragette and women’s rights activist known as the “cripple suffragette” as she campaigned using a modified tricycle. Billinghurst had survived polio as a small child and as a result was unable to walk unaided, she wore leg-irons and used either crutches or a modified tricycle. Billinghurst was active in social …

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Sylvia Pankhurst

Sylvia Pankhurst was an English campaigner for the suffragette movement and was imprisoned and force-fed more than any other campaigner. Pankhurst was the daughter of prominient suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. After training as an artist, first at the Manchester School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art she worked full-time for the Women’s …

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Marie Stopes

This weeks biography of a woman in history was submitted by Claire Healey Marie Stopes – Sex Advisor Extraordinaire Marie Stopes began her career as a scientist, studying botany and geology. She excelled in academia (despite the fact that she was initially not allowed to attend lectures, and after taking, and passing the same examinations as …

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Virginia Woolf

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Elisa Braga “It seemed to her such nonsense – inventing differences, when people, heaven knows, were different enough without that.” Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was a British Modernist writer and one of the first women to write openly about gender and sexuality in her time. Her stories …

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Katherine McCormick

The biography for this weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Catherine Haustein Godmother to the birth control pill–Katharine Dexter McCormick Katharine Dexter was the first woman to get a science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating in biology in 1904. The curriculum was research heavy and besides the demanding work, she had to …

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Adelaide Johnson

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Ellen Schaeffer of www.persistentsisters.com Adelaide Johnson, born Sarah Adeline Johnson on September 26, 1859 in rural Illinois, is best known for her sculptures of prominent American suffragettes. In her teens, she studied at the St. Louis School for Design. With the help of an insurance settlement she was …