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Arthur [née Glen], Jane (1827–1907), advocate of women's rights and benefactor, was born at Broomlands, Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 18 November 1827, the third of five children of Thomas Glen (c.1798–1886), baker and grain merchant, and his wife, Janet. Throughout her adult life, ...

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Feilding, Lady Mary (1823–1896), founder of the Working Ladies' Guild, was the eldest daughter of William Basil Percy Feilding, seventh earl of Denbigh (1796–1865), and of Mary Elizabeth Kitty, eldest daughter of Thomas Reynolds Moreton, first earl of Ducie. Her mother died in 1842, when ...

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Fry [née Pease], Sophia, Lady Fry (1837–1897), philanthropist and political activist, was born on 11 June 1837 at East Mount, Darlington, co. Durham, the first of the two daughters of John Pease (1797–1868), woollen manufacturer and director of the Stockton and Darlington Railway...

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Holt, Emma Georgina (1862–1944), philanthropist and supporter of women's higher education, was born on 10 January 1862 at Bradstones, Sandfield Park, West Derby, Liverpool, the only child of George Holt (1825–1896), merchant and shipowner (co-founder of the Lamport and Holt Line), and his wife, ...

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Mary Jane Kinnaird, Lady Kinnaird (1816–1888) by Byrne & Co. The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University

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Kinnaird [née Hoare], Mary Jane, Lady Kinnaird (1816–1888), philanthropist and a founder of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), was born on 14 March 1816 at Blatherwick Park, Northamptonshire, the youngest of the six children of William Henry Hoare (1776–1819), of Broomfield House, Battersea, Surrey...

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Paton, Catherine Forrester- (1855–1914), philanthropist and a founder of women's missionary training in Scotland, was born on 1 June 1855 at Claremont Bank, Alloa; she was the second child and only daughter of Alexander Forrester (1823–1883), merchant and woollen manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Elisabeth Jesser Reid (1789–1866) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London / Oxford University Press

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Reid [née Sturch], Elisabeth Jesser (1789–1866), slavery abolitionist and founder of Bedford College, London, was born on 25 December 1789 in London, the second of two daughters of William Sturch (1753–1838), a wealthy Unitarian ironmonger, and his wife, Elisabeth (1759/60–1841). In 1821 ...

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Trevelyan [née Bell], Mary Katharine [Molly], Lady Trevelyan (1881–1966), political hostess and voluntary worker, was born on 12 October 1881, the youngest of three children of Sir (Thomas) Hugh Bell, second baronet and iron master (1844–1931), and his second wife, Florence Eveleen Eleanore Olliffe...

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Wigham, Eliza (1820–1899), philanthropist and women's activist, was born at 5 South Gray Street, Newington, Edinburgh, on 23 February 1820, the third of the six surviving children of John Wigham (c.1784–1864), a shawl manufacturer, and his wife, Jane Richardson (d...