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Andrews [née Smith], Elizabeth (1882–1960), political organizer and campaigner for women's rights, was born on 15 December 1882 at 13 John Street, Penderyn, Brecknockshire, the third of the eleven children of Samuel Smith, coalminer and general dealer, and his wife, Charlotte, née...

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Bowman [née Kay], Dame (Mary) Elaine Kellett- (1923–2014), politician, was born at Claremont, Clifton Drive, Lytham, Lancashire, on 8 July 1923, the daughter of Walter Kay, leather manufacturer and later farmer, and his wife, Edith Annie, née Leather. After attending the local ...

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Cary [née Shadd], Mary Ann Camberton (1823–1893), schoolmistress, newspaper editor, and political activist, was born on 9 October 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware, eldest of thirteen children of Abraham Doras Shadd (1801–1882), a shoemaker, and his wife, Harriet Parnell (1806–1880). Free African Americans in a slave state, prominent in the anti-slavery and negro convention movements, her family moved to ...

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Mary Ann Camberton Cary (1823–1893) by unknown photographer, c. 1845–55 National Archives of Canada / C-029977

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Gammans [née Paul], Annie Muriel, Lady Gammans (1898–1989), politician, was born on 6 March 1898 at 61 Marmion Road, Southsea, Hampshire, the daughter of Frank Paul, a master grocer, and his wife, Annie Eliza Adams. She was educated at Portsmouth high school...

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Griffiths [née Rutley], Winifred (1895–1982), politician's wife and autobiographer, was born at High Street, Overton, near Basingstoke, Hampshire, on 21 May 1895, the second of four children of William George Rutley (d. 1932), a paper-mill worker and Wesleyan lay preacher, and his wife, ...

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Jackson, Margaret Wallace (1917–2013), Special Operations Executive secretary and civil servant, was born on 15 January 1917 at 18 Marlborough Place, St John's Wood, London, the second of the four daughters of Thomas Frame (Tom) Jackson (1886–1934), manager of the Atlas Light and Power Company...

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Kerr [née Bersey; other married name Clark], Anne Patricia (1925–1973), politician, was born on 24 March 1925 at 20 Hazlewell Road, Putney, south-west London, the daughter of Arnold Leslie Bersey, a chartered accountant, and his wife, Kathleen Isabel, née Mitchell. Her family was Methodist. From the mid-1930s she attended ...

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Lawson [née Albury], Louisa (1848–1920), newspaper proprietor and suffragist in Australia, was born on 17 February 1848 on Guntawang station, near Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia, the second of the twelve children of Henry Albury (1825–1908), a station hand, and his wife, ...

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Lightowler [née Butler], Miriam (1875–1958), local politician, was born on 29 June 1875 at 11 Preston Place, Francis Street, Halifax, the youngest daughter of James Ryder Butler (1842–1917), master machine maker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Mitchell (1841–1932). She was educated at ...

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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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Nellie Letitia McClung (1873–1951) by C. Jessop National Archives of Canada / PA-030212

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McClung [née Mooney], Nellie Letitia (1873–1951), suffragist and writer, was born at Chatsworth, Grey county, Ontario, Canada, on 20 October 1873, the youngest of seven children and the third daughter of John Mooney (c.1813–1893), an Irish immigrant farmer and his Scottish-born wife, ...

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Milligan, Alice Letitia [pseud. Iris Olkyrn] (1866–1953), author and Irish nationalist, was born on 14 September 1866 at Gortmore, Omagh, co. Tyrone, the third of the thirteen children of Seaton Forest Milligan (1836–1916), managing director, and his wife, Charlotte, née Burns (...

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Rigby [née Rayner], Edith (1872–1950), suffragette, was born on 18 October 1872 at 1 Pole Street, Preston, Lancashire, the second of seven children of Alexander Clement Rayner (1841/2–1916), surgeon, and his wife, Mary, née Pilkington Sharples (known as Polly). She was educated at ...

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Hilda Runciman, Viscountess Runciman of Doxford (1869–1956) by Bassano, 1927 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Runciman [née Stevenson], Hilda, Viscountess Runciman of Doxford (1869–1956), politician, was born at 64 Wellington Terrace, Westoe, co. Durham, on 28 September 1869, the fifth daughter of James Cochran Stevenson (1825–1905), a chemicals manufacturer and member of parliament for South Shields, and his wife, ...