Women's Who's who

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Herbert Asquith

1908-1916

Liberal Prime Minister 

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Nancy Astor

1919

First elected female MP to take up a seat

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Dame Henrietta Barnett

1911

Founder of Dame Henrietta Barnett school, Hampstead

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Dorothea Beale

1858 - 1906

Principal of Cheltenham Ladies College

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Lydia Becker

1867
Secretary of Manchester National Society for Women's Suffrage

1868 - 1874
Treasurer of Married Women's Property Committee

1869
Co-founder of Ladies National Association

1870
Elected to Manchester Schoolboard 

1886
Successful Opponent of the CDAs


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Faithful Begg

1897

MP & presenter of Women's Suffrage Bill to Parliament

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Annie Besant

1888

Organiser of forst women's strike at Bryant & May match factory

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Clementina Black

1886
Joined Women's Trade Union League

1888
Proposed a motion for equal pay for equal work at TUC conference
Co-organiser of the Consumer's League, aimed at presurising employers to increase pay to low-paid female workers

1889
Co-founder of Women's Trade Union Association

1912
Member and editor of NUWSS journal, Common Cause 

 

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Teresa Billington-Greig

1907

Expelled from WSPU for advocating greater independence for regional branches 

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Elizabeth Blackwell

1859

London born, US qualified doctor.
First female on UK medical Register
Removed on 'no foreign degrees' technicality 

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Barbara Bodichon (nee Leigh-Smith)

1854
Property Law campaigner. Presented 26000 name petition

1857
Campaigned with Caroline Norton for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act

1865
Co-founder of Kensington Society

1866
Founder of Women's Suffrage Committee 

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Frances Mary Buss

1850
Founder of North London Collegiate School for Ladies

1865
Gave evidence to the School's Enquiry Commission
Co-founder of Kensington Society

1866
Co-presenter of Petition for female suffrage

1871
Turned NLCS from private into Grammar school 

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Josephine Butler

1867
President of the North of England Council for the Higher Education of Women

1868
Campaigned to persuade Cambridge University to allow women students
Author of The Education and Employment of Women 

1869
Co-founder & Leader of the Ladies National Association 

1886
Successful opponent of the CDAs


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Henry Campbell-Banerman

1906-1908
Liberal Prime Minister 

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Winston Churchill

1911
As Home Secretary, opposed WSPU methods
Opposed Concilliation Bills for putting emphasis upon property, not person.

1927
Opposed equalisation of gender voting age, abstaining from voting

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Anne Jemima Clough

1871
Principal of Newnham College, second women's college at Cambridge University 

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Emily Davies

1863 - 1867
Alongside Frances Mary Buss, successfully campaigned for girls sitting public examinations

1869
Principal of Girton College, first women's college at Cambridge University

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Emily Davison

1913
Killed at Epsom Derby. Acknowledged as Martyr for women's suffrage 

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Charlotte Despard

1907
Expelled from WSPU for advocating greater independence for regional Branches 

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Millicent Fawcett

1867
Worked on the first Women's Suffrage Committee

1870 & 1882
contributed to framing of Married Women's Property Acts

1871
Organised lectures in support of establishment of Newnham College, Cambridge

1897 - 1919 
President of NUWSS  

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W.E Forster

1870
MP & minister responsible for first Elementary Education Act - Free education for all under 12 years 

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Elizabeth Garrett-Anderson

1865
First UK qualified Doctor for medicine on medical register

1867
Co-founder of North of England Council for the Higher Education of Women

1874
Co-founder of London School for Women, in an effort to prove women could cater for the needs of other women 

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Constance Gore-Booth

1919
First elected female MP but did not take up seat owing to Sinn Fein policy against UK rule in Ireland 

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Sarah Ann Jackson

1868
Poet - expressed question of why women may not vote

 

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Sophia Jex-Blake

1877
Second UK qualified doctor of medicine on the Medical Register

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Annie Kenny

1905
Together with Christabel Pankhurst, interrupted Liberal hustings in Manchester Free Trade Hall, with cries of 'Votes for Women' 
Spent 3 days in prison for resisting arrest and attempting to hold impromptu meetings in the street 

1912
Leader of WSPU 

1914
Campaigned for women to be allowed to work in munitions 

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David Lloyd George

1906
Known Liberal sympathiser with the Women's Suffrage cause 

1911
Opposed Conciliation Bills on the grounds that property qualification would hand victory to the Conservatives 

1916
Prime Minster 

1916 - 1917
Promoted pro-suffrage sympathisers to Cabinet 

1914
Ambigious position in relation to women munitions work stating " The workers of today are the mothers of tomorrow" 


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Lady Constance Lytton

1910
WSPU suffragette - arrested but failed to find herself imprisoned.  Believing this was a nod to her social class, she disguised herself as Joan Wharton and found herself imprisoned for taking similar action. 

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Reginald Mckenna

1913
Home Secretary unmoved by WSPU opposition to the Prisoner's Temporary Discharge for Ill-Health Act 

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Lily Maxwell

1868
The first woman ever to vote (in Manchester), when an error placed 13 women on the electoral register for the 1868 General Election 

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John Stuart Mill

1867
MP & Women's Suffrage supporter, introduced petition to Parliament in favour of Women's Suffrage 

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Florence Nightingale

1886
Renowned Crimean heroine and anti-CDA campaigner 

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Caroline Norton

1857
Campaigner for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act 

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Christabel Pankhurst

1903
Set up Women's Social and Political Union with her mother, Emmeline

1905
With Annie Kenny, interrupted Liberal hustings in Machester Free Trade Hall
Spent 7 days in prison for spitting on and striking a police officer 

1907
Gained a law degree but could not claim it being a woman 

1907 - 1914
Along with her mother, expelled those who disagreed with WSPU central policy
Advocated limited female suffrage: those of property or money.  Urged move away from working class women 

1912 - 1914
Fled to Paris when police were sent to arrest specific named WSPU members
Edited 'The Suffragette'  

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Emmeline Pankhurst

1889
Helped form the pressure group, Women's Franchise League 

1895
Poor Law Guardian 

1903
Set up Women's Social and Political Union with daughter, Christabel 

1905
Persuaded WSPU to adopt 'alternative' methods - i.e, militant 

1907 - 1914
Along with Christabel, expelled those who disagreed with WSPU central policy 

1914
Stopped all militant activities to focus upon war effort 

1918 & 1928
Claimed responsibility for the Franchise Acts of 1918 & 1928 

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Sylvia Pankhurst

1906
Ran East London Federation of Suffragettes (ELFS) as a branch of WSPU. 

1914
Expelled from WSPU
Continued to work in the East End, helping working class women in their struggles over employment, low pay etc. 

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Emma Paterson

1875
Founder of the Women's protective and Provident League, aimed at supporting working women 

1903
Amended title to Women's Trade Union League, to educate women about the benfits of TU membership,  Campaigned for better pay and conditions 

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Coventry Patmore

1854
Poem - Angel in the House 

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Emmeline Pethwick-Lawrence

1912
Fell foul of Emmeline Pankhurst despite being WSPU founder member. Expelled, yet bore no grudge

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Ethel Smith

1911
Author of the WSPU song - March of the Women 

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Ray Strachey

1928
Member of NUWSS.  
Author of a history of the women's movement, 1928 in which she condemned the militant actions of the WSPU
 

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Louisa Twining

1859
Pressed for establishment of the Workhouse Visiting Society

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