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Ackroyd, Dame (Dorothy) Elizabeth [Betty] (1910–1987), civil servant and consumer rights campaigner, was born at Hydrastin House, Wilpshire, Lancashire, on 13 August 1910, the daughter of Major Charles Harris Ackroyd MC, an army officer, and his wife, Dorothy Margaret Baynes. After being educated privately, she entered ...

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Browning [née Chadwick], Ethel (1891–1969), toxicologist and factory inspector, was born on 16 March 1891 at 36 Audlam Street, Bury, Lancashire, the daughter of James William Chadwick, cotton spinner, later a gentleman (1916), and sometime managing director of a soap factory, and his wife, ...

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Lidgett, Elizabeth Sedman (1843–1919), poor-law guardian and suffragist, was born on 26 August 1843 at 20 Arbour Terrace, Mile End, London, the daughter of John Lidgett of Hull, a London shipowner, and his wife, Ann Jacob, née Hyett. Her elder sister was the women's activist ...

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Jean Mann (1889–1964) by Bassano, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mann [née Stewart], Jean [Janet] (1889–1964), politician and housing reformer, was born Janet Stewart, at 22 Calder Street, Polmadie, east Renfrewshire, on 2 July 1889. She was the daughter of William Stewart, an iron moulder and active trade unionist, who was an enduring influence on her radical outlook, and his wife, ...

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Mason, (Marianne) Harriet (1845–1932), poor-law inspector, was born at 61 York Terrace, Marylebone, Middlesex, on 19 February 1845, the daughter of George William Mason (1819–1891) and his wife, Marianne Atherton, née Mitford. (Frances) Agnes Mason was a younger sister and Arthur James Mason...

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Nevile, Mildred Mary (1927–2012), anti-poverty campaigner and human rights advocate, was born on 2 July 1927 at Wellingore Hall, Wellingore, near Sleaford, Lincolnshire, the youngest of four daughters and fifth of six children of Charles Joseph Nevile (1883–1930), of the Sudan political service...

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Mildred Mary Nevile (1927–2012) by Simon Rawles, c.2007 © Simon Rawles / CAFOD

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Paterson, Mary Muirhead (1864–1941), factory inspector and philanthropist, was born in Glasgow on 23 June 1864, the daughter of Gavin and Annie Paterson. Her father was an affluent businessman; her mother came from a well-known Glasgow family, the Muirheads. Mary Paterson was described as having a gracious personality and great charm. She received her early education at ...

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Senior [née Hughes], Jane Elizabeth (1828–1877), workhouse and school inspector and philanthropist, was born on 10 December 1828 at Uffington House, Uffington, Berkshire, the only daughter of eight children of John Hughes (1790–1857), author, and his second wife, Margaret Elizabeth (1797–1887), second daughter of ...

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Squire, Rose Elizabeth (1861–1938), factory inspector, was born at 6 Orchard Street, Marylebone, London, on 19 May 1861, the youngest daughter of William Squire (1825–1899), surgeon, and his wife, Martha Wilkinson. Her father had, as a medical student, administered ether at Robert Liston's...

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Streatfeild, Lucy Anne Evelyn Deane (1865–1950), factory inspector and social worker, was born at Madras, India, on 31 July 1865, and was baptized there on the following day, the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Bonar Millett Deane (1834–1881) and his wife, the Hon. Lucy Boscawen...

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Tennant [née Abraham], Margery Mary Edith Josephine Pia [May] (1869–1946), factory inspector, was born on 5 April 1869 in Rathgar, co. Dublin, the only daughter of Dr George Whitley Abraham, lawyer, and his wife, Margaret Curtin.

May Abraham was educated privately, mainly by her father, and never achieved any formal qualification. Although brought up a Roman Catholic, she later joined the ...

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Margery Mary Edith Josephine Pia Tennant (1869–1946) by unknown photographer © reserved