politicians

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 [...]

Barbara Castle

Copyright LET provided by the copyright holder for use in the Cotton Town digitisation project. With less than 100 days to the UK General Election and with the majority of today’s politicians being indistinguishable both from each other or from wallpaper, what better time to recall and [...]

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 [...]