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D'Abo [née Maude], Jennifer Mary Victoria (1945–2003), businesswoman, was born on 14 August 1945 at the London Clinic, 20 Devonshire Place, London, the elder of the two daughters of Michael William Vernon Maude, later Hammond-Maude (d. 1995), diplomat and land agent, of ...

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Ansell, Gertrude Mary (1861–1932), suffragette and businesswoman, was born on 2 June 1861 at 1 Vernon Place, Bloomsbury, London, the third child and only daughter of George Frederick Ansell (1826–1880) and his wife, Sarah Cook. Her father, a scientific chemist, had in 1856 been appointed to a clerkship in the ...

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Baillie, Lady Grisell (1665–1746), heroine and business woman, was born on 25 December 1665 at Redbraes Castle, Berwickshire, the eldest survivor of the eighteen children of Sir Patrick Hume (or Home) of Polwarth, later first earl of Marchmont (1641–1724), and Grisell Kerr (...

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Cropper [née Trueman], Dame Hilary Mary (1941–2004), businesswoman, was born on 9 January 1941 at 6 Oldham Street, Bollington, near Macclesfield, Cheshire, the daughter of Arnold Trueman, a commercial clerk then serving as an aircraftsman second class in the RAF, and his wife, ...

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Denton [née Moss], Jean, Baroness Denton of Wakefield (1935–2001), rally driver, businesswoman, and politician, was born on 29 December 1935 at 103 Broadway, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the elder of two daughters of Charles Josiah Moss, stationery store keeper, later hospital supplies clerk, and his wife, ...

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Forbes, Dame (Katherine) Jane Trefusis [married name Dame (Katherine) Jane Watson-Watt] (1899–1971), businesswoman and director of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, was born on 21 March 1899 in the Chilean desert, the youngest of three children, and the second daughter, of Edmund Batten Forbes (1847–1924)...

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Gasking [née Batchelor], Ella Hudson (1891–1966), businesswoman and food manufacturer, was born at 37 Lucas Street, Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield, on 4 April 1891, the second daughter in the family of at least four sons and two daughters of William Batchelor (...

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Gorman (née Moore), Teresa Ellen (1931–2015), entrepreneur and politician, was born on 20 September 1931 at 85 Feltham Road, Putney, London, the daughter of Albert Moore, a labourer who later became a self-employed demolition contractor, and his wife, Nellie Teresa, née...

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Hewlett [née Herbert], Hilda Beatrice (1864–1943), aviator and aircraft manufacturer, was born in Cavendish House, Clapham, London, on 17 February 1864, the third daughter of George William Herbert (1830–1894), vicar of St Peter’s Church, Vauxhall, London, and his wife ...

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Hirst, Olive Mirzl (1912–1994), advertising agent, was born in Mortlake, Surrey, on 20 June 1912. Little is known of her early life. She was educated at the Abbey School, Mill Hill, north London, which she left in 1930 to work in the overseas department of ...

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Hurst [née Berney; other married name Baines], Margery (1913–1989), recruitment agency founder, was born on 23 May 1913, probably in Portsmouth, the second of the four daughters (there were no sons) of Samuel Berney, cinema owner and builder, of Portsmouth, and his wife ...

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Kelly, Margaret [known as Bluebell] (1910–2004), dancer and businesswoman, was born on 24 June 1910 at the Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Street, Dublin, the daughter of James Kelly and Margaret O'Brien. Three weeks after her birth her mother handed her over to a priest, saying she would be going abroad for three months; the baby was put into the care of ...

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Reger [née Phillips], (Esther) Janet (1935–2005), lingerie designer, was born in Jubilee Street, London, on 30 September 1935, the eldest daughter of Hyman Phillips, textile manufacturer, and his wife, Ray, née Levine. Both her parents were the children of Jewish immigrants; her paternal grandfather, ...

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Roddick [née Perella], Dame Anita Lucia (1942–2007), businesswoman, was born on 23 October 1942 in a bomb shelter at 32 New Road, Littlehampton, Sussex, one of the four children of Gilda (b. 1914/15), daughter of Domenico de Vito, farmer, and wife of ...

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Schreiber [née Bertie; other married name Guest], Lady Charlotte Elizabeth (1812–1895), translator, businesswoman, and collector, eldest child of Albemarle Bertie, ninth earl of Lindsey (1744–1818), former army general and tory MP for Stamford, and his second wife, Charlotte Susanna Elizabeth, née Layard (1780–1858)...

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Vane, Frances Anne, marchioness of Londonderry (1800–1865), society hostess and businesswoman, was born on 17 January 1800 in St James's Square, London, the only child of Sir Henry (Harry) Vane-Tempest, baronet (1771–1813), and his wife, Anne Catherine MacDonnell, in her own right countess of Antrim...