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Carrie, Isabella Scrimgeour (1878–1981), suffragette and schoolteacher, was born on 3 May 1878 at 26 Wardmill Road in the parish of St Vigeans, Arbroath, the daughter of Richard Carrie (c.1836–1912), bleachfield worker, and his wife, Ann Robertson Harris (c.1842–1903)...

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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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Corbet [other married name Campbell], Freda Künzlen (1900–1993), teacher and politician, was born at 67 Trinity Road, Tooting, London, on 15 November 1900, the eldest of the three children of Adolf Frederic Hermann Künzlen, a commercial clerk and later an insurance agent, and his wife, ...

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Freda Künzlen Corbet (1900–1993) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Macphail, Agnes Campbell (1890–1954), schoolteacher and politician in Canada, was born on 24 March 1890 in a log farmhouse in Proton township in south-western Ontario, Canada, the first of three girls of Dougald MacPhail (1864–1929), a farmer and auctioneer, and his wife, Henrietta Campbell (...

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Margaret Mary Pearse (1878–1968) by Thomas D. Mcavoy, 1952 Getty Images – Thomas D. Mcavoy

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Pearse, Margaret Mary (1878–1968), teacher and politician, was born at 27 Great Brunswick Street (later Pearse Street), Dublin, on 4 August 1878, the eldest child of the two daughters and two sons of James Pearse (1839–1900), stone carver and sometime pamphleteer, and his second wife, ...

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Phillips [née Lusher], Norah Mary, Baroness Phillips (1910–1992), schoolteacher and politician, was born at 50 Biscay Road, Fulham, London, on 12 August 1910, the only daughter of William Charles Lusher (1880–1944), postman, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of John Cassidy, of Newcastle...

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Roadknight [née Powell], Jane Annie (1852/3–1929), schoolteacher and inspector of schools, was born at Leeds, Yorkshire, according to the census of 1901, when her age was recorded as forty-eight. No birth certificate has been located. On her marriage certificate she was described as the daughter of ...

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Smith, Mary (1822–1889), schoolmistress and radical, was born on 7 February 1822 at Cropredy in Oxfordshire, the fourth child of William Smith, a boot and shoe maker, and Ann, née Pride, a cook from a prosperous farming family. Ann Smith died in 1824, shortly after the birth of her fifth child, when ...