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Chappellsmith [née Reynolds], Margaret (1806–1883), socialist lecturer, was born in February 1806 in Aldgate, London. Her family was probably upper working class and she had at least three sisters and two brothers. She was a staunch Baptist until her early adulthood, when a friend of her sister's introduced her to the ideas of ...

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George, Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd (1902–1966), politician, was born in Cricieth, Caernarvonshire, on 22 April 1902, the third daughter and youngest of the five children of David Lloyd George (1863–1945) and his wife, Margaret Owen (1866–1941). Her early years were overshadowed by her father, who entered the Liberal government in 1905 and finally became prime minister in December 1916. ...

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Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd George (1902–1966) by Bassano, 1923 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hart [née Ridehalgh], Judith, Baroness Hart of South Lanark (1924–1991), politician, was born at 51 Ennismore Street, Burnley, Lancashire, on 18 September 1924, the daughter of Harry Ridehalgh, linotype operator, and later secretary of a mechanics' institute, and his wife, Lily, née...

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Judith Hart, Baroness Hart of South Lanark (1924–1991) by unknown photographer, 1968 Getty Images

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Jewson, Dorothea [Dorothy] (1884–1964), feminist and politician, was born on 17 August 1884 at Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, one of two children of Alderman George Jewson JP, a coal and timber merchant, and his wife, Mary Jane Jarrold. The family firm Jewson & Son...

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Lonsdale [née Yardley], Dame Kathleen (1903–1971), crystallographer and pacifist, was born Kathleen Yardley in Newbridge, Ireland, on 28 January 1903, the youngest child of Harry Frederick Yardley (d. 1923), the local postmaster, and his wife, Jessie Cameron. In 1908 Kathleen's mother, who had been brought up in ...

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Martin [née Bullock], Emma (1811/12–1851), socialist and freethinker, was born in Bristol, the fourth child of William Bullock, a cooper, and his wife, Hannah Jones, whose family owned a tea-dealing business in the city. Emma's father died in her infancy, and a year later her mother married her second husband, ...

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McCallum [married name Richardson], Janet Hutchison [Jenny] (1881–1946), trade unionist and suffragette, was born on 21 July 1881 at Hospital Hill, Dunfermline, the eldest of the thirteen children of John McCallum (1857–c.1905), stonemason, and his wife, Janet (1860–1933). Jenny McCallum's...

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Smith, Ann (fl. 1682–1686), political activist, was a member of that small minority in seventeenth-century England of women who took an active part in radical politics. Her financial support was the principal factor making possible one rebellion in 1685, and it was an important factor in a second. Nothing is known of her before 1682, nor anything certain of how and why she became involved in politics. In 1682 she was middle-aged with at least one adult son, and married to a well-to-do ...

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Stedman [née Adams], Phyllis, Baroness Stedman (1916–1996), politician, was born at 49 St Paul's Road, Peterborough, on 14 July 1916, the daughter of Percy Adams (1893–1977), an iron moulder in a firm of naval engineers, and his wife, Emmie née Cooke. She was educated at ...