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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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Suffrage Illustrations for Big Issue North

  I illustrated Dora Thewlis, Leonora Cohen, Selina Cooper & Florence Lockwood for Big Issue North’s celebration of #suffrage100 this week! The following is taken from the Big Issue North’s Facebook page This week we mark 100 years since some women gained the right to vote. Behind the leadership of Emmeline Pankhurst were lesser-known figures …

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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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Flora Drummond

Flora Drummond was a British suffragette and an organiser for the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). She was imprisoned nine times for her activism. Drummond was born in Manchester, but moved to Glasgow at the age of 14 to take a business training course to become a post-mistress. Although she passed, the minimum height …

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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 …