Hannah Mitchell, Manchester

Hannah came from a poor farming family and had little schooling.

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. She worked alongside the Pankhursts, interrupted meetings and was imprisoned. She was elected to Manchester Council in 1924, where she counted the building of public wash-houses as amongst her greatest achievements. 

One of the few women pioneers to leave her own detailed account of her time as an activist. 

 

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