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Adams, Mary Jane Bridges- [née Mary Jane Daltry] (1854–1939), socialist and educationist, was born on 19 October 1854 at Maesycwmer, Bedwas, Monmouthshire, south Wales, the daughter of William Daltry, an engine fitter, and his wife, Margaret Jones. She was born into a family of civil engineers, and her father later held an appointment at the ...

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Bannister [née Stourton], Sarah Jane (1858–1942), educationist and local politician, was born on 5 August 1858 at Norton St Philip, Somerset, the daughter of John Stourton, a journeyman mason, and his wife, Harriet, née Moon. In 1879, after completing a course of teacher training at ...

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Browne, Annie Leigh (1851–1936), educationist and suffragist, was born on 14 March 1851 at Fryern Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, the eldest daughter of Samuel Woolcott Browne (d. c.1870), merchant, and his wife, Thomazine Leigh Browne, formerly Carslake. Her parents were both from naval families and were of Unitarian and Liberal convictions. A second daughter, ...

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Brownlow [née Morgan], Jane Macnaughton Egerton (1854/5–1928), educationist and suffragist, was born in Paisley, the daughter of Captain George Bernard Morgan. Her father was town major at Gibraltar when she married Captain Edward Francis Brownlow (1839–1875), of the 71st highland light infantry...

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Sophie Bryant (1850–1922) by W. & D. Downey, pubd 1894 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Chamberlain, Beatrice Mary (1862–1918), educationist and political organizer, was born at 24 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, on the fringes of Birmingham, on 25 May 1862, the eldest daughter of the imperial statesman Joseph Chamberlain (1836–1914) and his first wife, Harriet, née Kenrick (1835–1863). Her mother died a year later giving birth to ...

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Grace Mary Colman (1892–1971) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Franklin [née Montagu], Henrietta [Netta] (1866–1964), educationist and suffragist, was born on 9 April 1866 in London, the first of the eleven surviving children of Samuel Montagu, later first Baron Swaythling (1832–1911), foreign-exchange banker and Jewish philanthropist, and his wife, Ellen Cohen (1848–1919)...

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John, Constance Agatha Cummings- (1918–2000), educationist and politician, was born at Four Roads, Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 7 January 1918, the daughter of Johnnie William Horton (d. 1919), city treasurer of Freetown, and his wife, Regina Elizabeth Awoonor-Wilson. Educated at Freetown Secondary School for Girls...

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Lawrenson [née Molyneux], Mary Ann (1850–1943), co-operative movement activist and educationist, was born on 23 March 1850 at 49 Castle Street East, Marylebone, Middlesex, the eldest of eleven children of John Molyneux, printer, trade unionist, and co-operative movement activist, and his wife, ...

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Maitland [née Rees], Emma Knox (1844–1923), suffragist and educationist, was born on 17 May 1844 at 7 Croft Terrace, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, the only child of John Rees JP, gentleman, and his wife, Emma Brown. Her father died when she was young; her mother was a strong Liberal and she shared her political convictions. Little else is known of her early life other than that she was educated by governesses until she was twelve and then went to a boarding-school. Aged eighteen, she married in ...

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Dame (Elizabeth) Leah Manning (1886–1977) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Margaret McMillan (1860–1931) by Bassano, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sheepshanks, Mary Ryott (1872–1960), educationist, feminist, and internationalist, was born on 25 October 1872 at Bilton vicarage, near Harrogate, Yorkshire, the second of the thirteen surviving children of John Sheepshanks (1834–1912), later bishop of Norwich, and his wife, Margaret Ryott (1852–1943), a descendant of ...

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Katharine Talbot Wallas (1864–1944) by Mary Sargant, 1883 The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Wallas, Katharine Talbot (1864–1944), educationist and local government official, was born at the vicarage in Barnstaple, north Devon, on 11 April 1864, the eldest daughter of the Revd Gilbert Innes Wallas (1820–1890) and his wife, Frances Talbot Peacock. She had one brother, Graham Wallas...