social reformer

Louise Michel

The Red Virgin of Montmartre, The Grande Dame of Anarchy, The Red She Wolf what a fantastic way to introduce French anarchist, school teacher and medical worker Louise Michel. Louise Michel was born the daughter of a serving-maid and son of the family who owned the chateau where her mother worked. [...]

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and campaigner for women’s suffrage. Born into slavery, she escaped and subsequently undertook missions to rescue enslaved family and friends. When she was five or six years old, Harriet was hired her out as a nursemaid and [...]

Isabella Elder

Photograph courtesy of Anabel Marsh If you had to hazard a guess as to how many statues there were to women in the city of Glasgow, a city with a centuries-long history, a city co-founded by a woman St. Thenew, a city of some 2.3m people, what would it be? 100? 50? 10? In fact the answer is just [...]

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 [...]

Elizabeth Fry

ELIZABETH FRY Known now as the woman who’s removal from banknotes sparked a furore but who was Elizabeth Fry? Elizabeth Fry was an English social reformer and Christian philanthropist who became known as the “angel of prisons” as she was the driving force behind legislation to [...]

Ida B Wells

IDA B WELLS Rosa Parks,  “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”, is rightly famed for her role in bringing about racial equality in the United States,  but  71 years early Ida B Wells made her mark. Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was a [...]
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