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Clementina Maria Black (1853–1922) by unknown photographer, pubd 1912 The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University

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Black, Clementina Maria (1853–1922), political activist, suffragist, and writer, was born on 27 July 1853 in Brighton, the eldest girl in the family of five daughters and three sons of David Black, solicitor, town clerk, and coroner of Brighton, and his wife, Clara Maria (1825–1875)...

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Dame Kathleen D'Olier Courtney (1878–1974) by Godfrey Argent, 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Courtney, Dame Kathleen D'Olier (1878–1974), suffragist and peace campaigner, was born on 11 March 1878 at 1 York Terrace, Gillingham, Kent, the youngest of five daughters and fifth of seven children of Lieutenant (later Major) David Charles Courtney (1845–1909) of the Royal Engineers...

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Craigen, Jessie Hannah (1834/5–1899), public speaker, was the daughter of a Scottish sea captain and an Italian actress, names unknown. Though she once remarked that her childhood was spent in London, she also variously claimed roots in Scotland and the north of England...

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Garland, Alison Vickers (1862–1939), suffragist and political activist, was born on 10 April 1862 at 1 Village Road, Oxton, Cheshire, the daughter of Alfred Stephen Garland, master silversmith, and his wife, Isabella, née Priestley. She combined suffragism with an active role in Liberal politics, and lectured on subjects as diverse as bimetallism and infant welfare. It was as a Liberal that she spoke in ...

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Marshall, Catherine Elizabeth (1880–1961), suffragist and internationalist, was born on 29 April 1880 at Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, the elder of two children of Francis E. Marshall (1847–1922), mathematics master at Harrow School, and his wife, Caroline, née Colbeck (d. 1927)...

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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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Mary Raleigh Richardson (1882/33–1961) by unknown photographer, c. 1915 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richardson, Mary Raleigh (1882/3–1961), suffragette and political activist, though apparently born in Britain, was brought up by her Canadian mother in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, and her grandfather who was the local bank manager. She returned to Britain when she was sixteen, studying art and travelling to ...

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Ethel Snowden (1881–1951) by Lena Connell © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Snowden [née Annakin], Ethel (1881–1951), socialist, suffragist, and peace campaigner, was born on 8 September 1881 at Gladstone Street, Pannal, near Harrogate, the daughter of Richard Annakin, a nonconformist building contractor, and his wife, Hannah Hymas. She had at least one sister and a brother. ...

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Stephen, Jessie (1893–1979), suffragette and labour activist, was born on 19 April 1893 in Marylebone, London, the eldest of eleven children of Alexander Stephen, tailor, and his wife, Jane Miller. The family lived in Edinburgh for six years before moving to Dunfermline, and after 1901 resided permanently in ...

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Willard, Frances Elizabeth (1839–1898), social activist and suffragist, was born on 28 September 1839 in Churchville, New York, the fourth of five children (only three of whom survived infancy) of Mary Thompson Hill (1805–1892), a teacher, and Josiah Flint Willard (1805–1868), a gentleman farmer and businessman. ...

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Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838–1927) by unknown photographer, 1890s Rex Features

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Woodhull, Victoria Claflin [other married name Victoria Woodhull Martin] (1838–1927), women's rights campaigner and first female presidential candidate in the United States of America, was born Victoria California Allen Claflin on 23 September 1838 in the town of Homer, Licking county, Ohio...