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Marion, Kitty [real name Katherine Marie Schäfer]locked

(1871–1944)
  • Viv Gardner

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Marion, Kitty [real name Katherine Marie Schäfer] (1871–1944), suffragette and birth control activist, was born on 12 March 1871 at Riedtberg, Germany, the only child of an engineer. Her mother died when she was two and her stepmother when she was six, both of tuberculosis. Her childhood was spent moving between her father, 'a strict disciplinarian with a fierce, violent, and evidently uncontrollable temper, the full force of which [...

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