Famous British Feminists

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Sara Pascoe
(Comedian)

Sara Pascoe
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Birthdate: May 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dagenham, London, England

Born to musician Derek Pascoe, comedian Sara Pascoe was raised by her mother amid poverty after her parents’ divorce. Initially a tour guide, she later stepped into comedy and never looked back. She is known for shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Twenty Twelve.

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Emily Davison
(English Suffragette Who Fought for Votes for Women in Britain in the Early 20th Century)

Emily Davison
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Birthdate: October 11, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 8, 1913

Activist Emily Davison is remembered for her relentless fight for women’s suffrage. As part of her protest, at the 1913 Epsom Derby, she went in front of King George V’s horse, to attach suffragette flags to it, and was tragically trampled to death. Some regard her as a martyr for women’s causes.

 3 
Lola Kirke
(Film actress)

Lola Kirke
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Birthdate: September 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
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 4 
Kate Nash
(Singer-songwriter)

Kate Nash
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Birthdate: July 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Harrow, London, England, UK

 5 
Poly Styrene
(Musician)

Poly Styrene
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Birthdate: July 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bromley, England
Died: April 25, 2011

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Millicent Fawcett
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Birthdate: June 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aldeburgh, England
Died: August 5, 1929

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Maxine Peake
(Actress)

Maxine Peake
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Birthdate: July 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westhoughton, Bolton, Lancashire, England, UK
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 8 
Emily Thornberry
(Politician)

Emily Thornberry
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Birthdate: July 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guildford, Surrey, England, UK

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Sylvia Pankhurst
(Political Activist)

Sylvia Pankhurst
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Birthdate: May 5, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Old Trafford (district) Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Died: September 27, 1960

 10 
Andy Burnham
(Politician)

Andy Burnham
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Birthdate: January 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
(Ugandan-born British journalist and author)

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
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Birthdate: December 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kampala, Uganda

 12 
Henry Sidgwick
(Philosopher)

Henry Sidgwick
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Birthdate: May 31, 1838
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skipton, Yorkshire, England
Died: August 28, 1900

An influential English ethical philosopher and economist of the Victorian era, Henry Sidgwick is perhaps best known for his utilitarian treatise The Methods of Ethics. He promoted higher education of women and co-founded Newnham College. He remained a member of the Metaphysical Society and co-founded and served as first president of the Society for Psychical Research.

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Emily Hobhouse
(British Social Worker)

Emily Hobhouse
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Birthdate: April 9, 1860
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St Ive, Cornwall, England
Died: June 8, 1926

 14 
Jill Craigie
(Film director)

Jill Craigie
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Birthdate: March 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fulham, London, England
Died: December 13, 1999

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Dorothy Richardson
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Birthdate: May 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abingdon, England
Died: June 17, 1957

 16 
Vernon Lee
(Writer)

Vernon Lee
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Birthdate: October 14, 1856
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Died: February 13, 1935

British author Violet Page wrote under the pseudonym Vernon Lee and dressed without inhibitions. Rumors claimed she was a lesbian, though she never stated so. The poet and critic is best remembered for her work on aesthetics, Belcaro. She was also a skilled harpsichord player and a true-blue feminist.

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Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake
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Birthdate: January 21, 1840
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hastings, Sussex, England
Died: January 7, 1912

 18 
Emily Davies
(Activist)

Emily Davies
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Birthdate: April 22, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carlton Crescent, Southampton, England
Died: July 13, 1921

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Barbara Bodichon
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Birthdate: April 8, 1827
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carlton Crescent, Southampton, England
Died: June 11, 1891

 20 
May Sinclair
(Writer)

May Sinclair
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Birthdate: August 24, 1863
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rock Ferry, England
Died: November 14, 1946

 21 
Laurence Housman
(Playwright)

Laurence Housman
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Birthdate: July 18, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bromsgrove, England
Died: February 20, 1959

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Alice Meynell
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Birthdate: October 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barnes, London, England
Died: November 27, 1922

British writer and poet Alice Meynell was mostly raised in Italy. Her sonnet My Heart Shall Be Thy Garden impressed publisher Wilfrid Meynell, whom she later married. Remembered for works such as Preludes, she used simple words. She was also an ardent supporter of equal suffrage for women.

 23 
Carole Pateman
(Political Scientist)

Carole Pateman
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Birthdate: December 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maresfield, England

 24 
Richard Carlile
(Journalist)

Richard Carlile
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Birthdate: December 8, 1790
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ashburton, England
Died: February 10, 1843

 25 

Sheila Kitzinger
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Birthdate: March 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Taunton, England
Died: April 11, 2015

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Edith Summerskill
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Birthdate: April 19, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: February 4, 1980

 27 
Jill Tweedie
(Writer)

Jill Tweedie
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Birthdate: May 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: November 12, 1993

 28 
Beatrice Webb
(Sociologist)

Beatrice Webb
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Birthdate: January 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gloucestershire, England
Died: April 30, 1943

Sociologist Beatrice Webb is best remembered for coining the term collective bargaining. Along with her husband, Sidney Webb, whom she met at the Fabian Society, and others, Beatrice co-founded the London School of Economics. In spite of her lack of formal education, she was a prominent educator and an avid diarist.

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Margery Corbett Ashby
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Birthdate: April 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Danehill, England
Died: May 15, 1981

Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi
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Birthdate: August 31, 1842
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 10, 1906

 31 
Joan Dunlop
(Women rights advocate)

Joan Dunlop
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Birthdate: May 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 29, 2012