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Akbar [née Hasib], Shireen Nishat (1944–1997), educationist, was born on 30 July 1944 in Calcutta, India, the daughter of F. A. Hasib and Selina Hasib, who also had two sons. Among her forebears was Begum Rokeya Hossain (1880–1932), an early worker for women's emancipation in ...

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Benson [married name McDowall], Ada (1840–1882), headmistress and educationist, was born on 27 November 1840 at Winson Green, Birmingham, sixth of the eight children of Edward White Benson (1800–1843), chemical manufacturer, and his wife, Harriet (née Baker). Their mother's death in 1850 left the six surviving orphans unprovided for, and they were separated into the care of friends and relatives; ...

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Bryan, Margaret (fl. 1795–1816), educator and writer on natural philosophy, was a noted early example of a woman teaching natural science to other women. Little is known about her life; such information as is available comes from her own writings. She was married to a ...

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Bryant [née Willock], Sophie (1850–1922), educationist and suffragist, was born in Sandymount, near Dublin, on 15 February 1850, the third of the six children of the Revd William Alexander Willock, fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, mathematician, and his wife, daughter of J. P. Morris...

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Burrows, Christine Mary Elizabeth (1872–1959), educationist and college head, was born at New Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, on 4 January 1872. She was the only and posthumous child of Henry Parker Burrows (1833–1871), a partner in Langton Burrows Breweries, Maidenhead, and his wife, ...

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Colman, Grace Mary (1892–1971), educationist and politician, was born at 7 Dorlcote Road, Wandsworth, London, on 30 April 1892, the daughter of Frederick Selincourt Colman (1857–1917), vicar of Earlsfield and later a canon of Worcester Cathedral, and his wife, Constance Mary Hawkings. Grace's...

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Cosway [née Hadfield], Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia, Baroness Cosway in the nobility of the Austrian empire (1760–1838), history painter and educationist, was born at her father's hotel, Hadfield's (or Carlo's), Lungarno Capponi, Florence, on 17 July 1760, the eldest of five surviving children of ...

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Cullis, Winifred Clara (1875–1956), physiologist and educationist, was the younger daughter and the fifth of the six children of Frederick John Cullis (1842–1931), surveyor and civil engineer of the Gloucester Dock Company, and his wife, Louisa, daughter of John Corbett of Coombe Hill...

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Dodd, Catherine Isabella (1860–1932), educationist and author, was born on 8 April 1860 at Hyrwicks Lane, Aston, Birmingham, one of four children of Thomas Milner Dodd, a factor's clerk and commercial traveller in the hardware trade, and his wife, Christian Kelly of the ...

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Edgeworth, Maria (1768–1849), novelist and educationist, was born on 1 January 1768 at Black Bourton, Oxfordshire, the eldest daughter and third child of Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744–1817), inventor and educationist, and his first wife, Anna Maria Elers (1743–1773). The year of her birth was long given as 1767, but the revised date has been generally accepted. Her place of birth was the home of her maternal grandfather, ...

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Hoare, Louisa Gurney (1784–1836), educationist and author, was born in Norwich on 25 September 1784, the seventh of the eleven children of the Quaker John Gurney (1749–1809) of Earlham and Catherine Bell (1754–1792). Among her siblings were the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry, the philanthropists ...

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Houldsworth, Margaret Marshall (1839–1909), educationist and philanthropist, was born in Manchester on 14 September 1839, only daughter of Henry Houldsworth (1797–1868), a cotton manufacturer, of Coltness and his second wife, Marianne (d. 1865), daughter of James Burt from Chorlton, near Manchester. Her grandfather, also named ...

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Jebb [née Reynolds; other married name Slemmer], Caroline Lane, Lady Jebb (1840–1930), academic hostess, was born in Milford, Delaware, USA, on 26 December 1840, the youngest of the three daughters and one son who survived to adulthood of John Reynolds, a clergyman in the ...

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Leonowens [née Edwards], Anna Harriette (1831–1915), educator and travel writer, was born in Ahmadnagar, India, on 6 November 1831, the younger daughter of Thomas Edwards (c.1803–1831), formerly a cabinet maker of St George the Martyr parish, London, then a sergeant in the ...

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Manning [née Perrett], Dame (Elizabeth) Leah (1886–1977), educationist and politician, was born on 14 April 1886 at Burrish Street, Droitwich, the eldest of twelve children of Charles William Perrett and his wife, Harriet Margaret Tappin, both officers in the Salvation Army. Her mother had been a teacher and her father worked for a time in the family timber business. After her parents emigrated to ...

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McMillan, Margaret (1860–1931), socialist propagandist and educationist, was born on 19 July 1860 at Throgg's Neck, Westchester county, New York, the second of the three daughters of James McMillan (c.1830–1865), landscape gardener and estate manager, and his wife, Jane (d...

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Nagle, Honora [Nano] (1718–1784), educationist and founder of the Presentation order, was born at Ballygriffin, near Mallow, co. Cork, the eldest of seven children of Garret Nagle (d. c.1746), landowner and merchant, and his wife, Ann (d. 1748), daughter of ...

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Newall [née Phillpotts], Dame Bertha Surtees (1877–1932), educationist and Scandinavian scholar, was born in Bedford on 25 October 1877, the second of three daughters of James Surtees Phillpotts (1839–1930), headmaster of Bedford grammar school, and his wife, Marian Hadfield Cordery (1843–1925). She was the fifth of six children to survive childhood. She apparently had little formal education, but with the extramural aid of the masters of her father's school she managed to win the gold medal of the ...

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Raisin, Catherine Alice (1855–1945), geologist and educationist, was born at 13 Camden Terrace, Camden New Town, London, on 24 April 1855, the daughter of (Daniel) Francis Raisin, pannierman at the Inner Temple, and his wife, Sarah Catherine, née Woodgate. She was educated at ...

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Somerville, Mary (1897–1963), educationist and broadcasting executive, was born in New Zealand on 1 November 1897, the eldest daughter of the Revd James Alexander Somerville, of Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland, who at one time had been chairman of a Scottish school board, and his wife, ...