equal right to education politics social reform womens rights womens suffrage workers rights

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 …

anti-FGM politics

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 …

equal right to education politics womens rights womens suffrage

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 …

LGBTQIA+

Gwendolyn Ann Smith

Gwendolyn Ann Smith is a transgender woman who founded Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialise people who have been killed as a result of anti-transgender prejudice. In 1992, Smith lobbied America Online, getting the company to change its policies and allow discussions on gender issues on their service. A year later, she created the Transgender Community …

STEM

Mary Somerville

The biography for this weeks Illustrated Woman in History was submitted by Catherine Haustein A Passion for Science: Mary Somerville Mary Somerville was born in Scotland on Dec. 26, 1780, and had four supreme passions in her life: her family, equality for women, science, and birds. Described as feminine in manner and appearance, as a girl …

black history literature

Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange was an American playwright and poet best known for the Obie Award-winning play for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. She was a self-proclaimed black feminist, and her work frequently addressed race and feminism. Shange was born Paulette L. Williams in 1948 in Trenton, New Jersey, where …

black history

Black History Month 2018 Zine

  It’s Black History Month 2018 in the UK & to celebrate I’ve got a Black History Month zine out with illustrations & biographies of 20 amazing women in black history! Get yours on Etsy https://etsy.me/2zyRCka Audre Lorde Octavia E Butler Kimberlé Crenshaw Angela Davis Sister Rosetta Tharpe Claudette Colvin Shirley Chisholm Katherine G Johnson Mabel …

black history

Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist who was the original founder of the “Me Too” movement, which she started in 2006. It later became a global phenomenon that raised awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in society in 2017. Burke became involved in civil rights activism while at University, where she organised press conferences …

black history business

Sharmadean Reid

Sharmadean Reid is a British Jamaican entrepreneur who founded Beautystack and WAH Nails. Her mission is to use technology to empower women, economically, socially and culturally. Reid started WAH (We Ain’t Hoes) while studying Fashion Communication and Promotion at  Central Saint Martins. It began life as a hip hop zine focusing on the new wave of street smart …