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Atkinson, Mabel (1876–1958), feminist and socialist, was born on 22 May 1876 at Ridley Mill, Broomley, near Stocksfield, in rural Northumberland. She was the daughter of John Boland Atkinson, inspector of mines, and his wife, Jane, née Elliott (b. 1853), feminist and militant suffragette; she had four brothers and one sister. Her parents were, as she later said, progressive and sympathetic on female education and employment. As a young woman, however, she chafed against restrictive middle-class Victorian behaviour and dress; she considered the bicycle '...

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Jo Cox (1974–2016), by unknown photographer, 2016

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Cox [née Leadbeater], Helen Joanne (Jo) (1974–2016), politician, was born on 22 June 1974 at Staincliffe General Hospital, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, the daughter of Gordon Leadbeater, industrial chemist and cosmetics production manager, and his wife, Jean, née Smith, a school secretary. Both parents were born in ...

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Margaret Doreen Duff (1910–1981) by Chris Ware, 1961 Getty Images

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Duff [née Eames], Margaret Doreen [Peggy] (1910–1981), political activist, was born at 51 Wolseley Gardens, Chiswick, Middlesex, on 8 February 1910, the elder daughter and middle child of Frank Eames, stockbrokers' clerk, organist, and later secretary of the Incorporated Society of Musicians...

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Garnett [married name Crow], Alice (1903–1989), geographer, was born at 83 Cicada Road, Wandsworth, London, on 15 May 1903, the daughter of George Garnett, publisher's clerk and later company secretary, and his wife, Alice, née Brooks. After studying geography at University College, London...

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Knight [née Horsey], Margaret Kennedy (1903–1983), humanist writer and psychologist, was born at Waltham College, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, on 23 November 1903, the daughter of Ernest Percival Horsey (1868–1960), schoolmaster, and his wife, Kate Marion, née Edwards (1871–1943). Raised in Harlow College, Essex...

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Lakeman, Enid (1903–1995), political reformer, was born on 28 November 1903 at Broadview, Hadlow, near Tonbridge, Kent, the only child of Horace Bradlaugh Lakeman (1874–1962), an excise officer, and Evereld Simpson (1867–1950), youngest daughter of John Harwood Simpson and his wife, Jane Ann...

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McDougall [née Long], Kate Florence [Kay] (1910–1999), psychiatric social worker, was born on 6 November 1910 at 55 Pantel Road, Camberwell, London, the eldest of the three children of Richard Sylvester Long, brass finisher, and his wife, Kate Adelaide, née Griffin. Both her parents were Londoners, living for many years in ...

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Dame Alix Hester Marie Meynell, Lady Meynell (1903–1999) by Walter Bird, 1958 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Meynell [née Kilroy], Dame Alix Hester Marie, Lady Meynell (1903–1999), civil servant, was born at Felixstowe, The Park, Nottingham, on 2 February 1903, the second daughter and second child in the family of four daughters and one son of Lancelot Kilroy (...

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Rackham [née Tabor], Clara Dorothea (1875–1966), suffragist and political activist, was born at 44 Lansdowne Road, Notting Hill, London, on 3 December 1875, the fifth and youngest child and second daughter of Henry Samuel Tabor, a nervous, pessimistic, and shy member of a Congregationalist and public-spirited farming family long settled in the ...

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Simon [née Harvey], Dame Kathleen Rochard, Viscountess Simon (1863/4–1955), slavery abolitionist, was born in Kyle, co. Wexford, Ireland, the elder of the two daughters of Francis Eugene Harvey of Kyle and his wife, Frances Elizabeth, daughter of John Pollock. In later years she ascribed her love of liberty and hatred of servitude to her parents' influence. She was educated privately and at various schools in ...

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Tiedeman, May Louise Seaton- (1864?–1948), campaigner for divorce law reform, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Alfred Herbert Seaton, an export merchant and lay preacher. She claimed descent from Scottish Presbyterians on one side of her family and from English Anglicans on the other. The ...

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Warriner, Doreen Agnes Rosemary Julia (1904–1972), rescuer of refugees and development economist, was born on 16 March 1904 at Weston Park, Long Compton, Warwickshire, the only daughter and eldest child of Henry Arthur Warriner (1859–1927), land agent for Weston Park, and later a landowner, and his wife, ...