politicians

Barbara Castle

Barbara Castle was the youngest of three children, born and brought up in Yorkshire. Barbara grew up in a politically active and socially aware home, and joined the Labour Party as a teenager.  Her sister was a pioneer of the Inner London Education Authority, her brother worked with Oxfam in [...]

Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull was an advocate of free love. Not the 1960’s version of Californian beaches and Woodstock, but the freedom of women to marry, divorce, and bear children without government interference. In the mid 1800’s this was every bit as challenging to the establishment. For [...]

Margaret Bondfield

Margaret Bondfield was a Labour politician, trades unionist and women’s rights activist who became the first female cabinet minister and the first woman to be a privy counsellor. Margaret was born in Chard, the tenth of eleven children. Her father was a lacemaker and political activist. The [...]

Mary Barbour

At the height of the First World War, thousands of women, engineering and shipyard workers descended on Glasgow Sheriff Court and the City Chambers to protest the fate of eighteen tenants who had been taken to court for non-payment of rent. The protest was led by a woman, Mary Barbour. How did this [...]