To help projects get started by thinking about who their local suffrage pioneer might be, we have provided a number of cameos.
As nominations come in, we will highlight some of these from across the country
As community projects develop and activities are undertaken to celebrate, publicise and commemorate local nominees, we will feature these on the website as well.
Finally, as we learn of legacy projects to involve the next generation, we will showcase some of these initiatives in these pages.

Agnes Dawson, Peckham

"First the vote... then the rights of women teachers to work after marriage," Agnes Dawson The battle for equal pay and equal terms and conditions for all women workers still goes on. Between the wars, many employers insisted that women gave up employment when they married. That was especially so for women teachers, and the London County Council was no exception.

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Hugh Franklin

Hugh Franklin belonged to a wealthy banking family who owned homes in London and Buckinghamshire. He initially studied Engineering at Cambridge before giving up his studies in preference for campaigning for 'votes for women'.

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Marjorie Lees, Oldham

Marjory Lees was born in the Werneth area of Oldham, Lancashire. She and her sister grew up there with their mother and father, both of whom were noted philanthropists. Charles Lees was the head of a family firm of cotton-mill engineers, and when he died in 1894, the little family was left extremely well off. Marjory doesn’t appear to have had much formal education but from 1902 she was involved with the Manchester University Settlement at Ancoats Hall.

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Hannah Mitchell, Manchester

Hannah came from a poor farming family and had little schooling. She discovered politics whilst working as a seamstress in Bolton. Her very public campaigning for votes started around the same time she was elected as a Poor Law Guardian.

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Katharine Mina Courtauld

The Courtauld family established themselves as major silk manufacturers around Bocking in Essex. As Unitarians the family were supporters of social reform and of suffrage. In 1866 two members of the family signed the suffrage petition to Parliament. Katherine Mina Courtauld carried on the family tradition, becoming Secretary of the North-West Essex branch of the NUWSS suffrage society. Katherine was a parish councillor in the 1890’s.. She also joined Essex County Council in 1919.

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