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Blake, Sophia Louisa Jex- (1840–1912), physician and campaigner for women's rights, was born on 21 January 1840 at 3 Croft Place, Hastings, Sussex. She was the youngest of the three surviving children of Thomas Jex-Blake (1790–1868), proctor of Doctors' Commons, and his wife, ...

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Sophia Louisa Jex- Blake (1840–1912) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ferris, Elizabeth Anne Esther [Liz] (1940–2012), diver, doctor, and campaigner for gender equality in sport, was born on 19 November 1940 at the Mary Stanley Nursing Home in Bridgwater, Somerset, the second of three daughters and third of four children of Roy Ferris (1903–1975)...

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Elizabeth Anne Esther Ferris (1940–2012) by David Lees, 1960 © Getty Images

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Nichols, Mary Sergeant Gove (1810–1884), campaigner for medical reform and women's rights, was born at Goffstown, New Hampshire, USA, on 10 August 1810, the second daughter and third child of William A. Neal (d. 1845) and Rebecca R. Neal. Her paternal grandfather was Scottish, while her mother's family were Welsh. ...

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Phipson, (Mary) Edith Pechey- (1845–1908), physician and women's rights activist, was born Mary Edith Pechey on 7 October 1845 in the village of Langham, near Colchester, Essex, the sixth child and third daughter of the Revd William Pechey (d. 1888), Baptist minister at ...

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(Mary) Edith Pechey- Phipson (1845–1908) by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pine, Catherine Emily (1864–1941), nurse and women's rights worker, was born at 10 Ashford Road, Maidstone, on 7 May 1864, the daughter of Robert Pine, a corn merchant, and his wife, Anne Brett. Despite prolonged absences at various times, she seems to have maintained a Kentish connection throughout her life. Nothing is known of her childhood and youth. At the age of twenty-nine she undertook nursing training, registering as a probationer at ...

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Simms [née Zimmermann], (Berta) Madeleine (1930–2011), abortion law reformer and medical sociologist, was born on 6 September 1930 in Darwingasse, Vienna, the only child of Oskar Shaje Zimmermann (1899–1981), businessman, and his wife, Dora, née Lilien (1905–1966). Both parents were of Polish Jewish origin. When ...

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Vickery [Drysdale], Alice (1844–1929), physician and campaigner for women's rights, was baptized on 13 October 1844, the fifth child and second daughter of John Vickery (d. in or before 1871), of West Moor Farm, Swimbridge, Devon, and his wife, Frances Mary, née...