Islington’s radical women

  • 22
  • Feb

On this year’s International Women’s Day, we take a look back at some of the women from Islington who have made a bold contribution to gender equality.

One of the country’s earliest advocates of women’s rights was Newington Green resident, Mary Wollstonecraft, who established a school for girls in 1784. She became known across Europe for her radical views on gender equality after publishing ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Women’ in 1792. She was also the mother of Mary Shelley, author of ‘Frankenstein’ and is remembered by a plaque on Newington Green Primary School.

In the early 1900s, Islington was also home to regular demonstrations outside Holloway Prison, as over 1,000 suffragettes were sent there to jail for making public protests. Read about Islington Museum’s suffragettes ‘Holloway’ brooch.

Huge strides for women’s health were also made by residents Florence Keen and Marie Stopes. In 1913 Florence Keen founded the North Islington Infant Welfare Centre and School for Mothers in Holloway, while Marie Stopes was a pioneer of sex education and birth control.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March is #BeBoldForChange, to call on the world to take ground-breaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women.

With the World Economic Forum predicting that the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186, IWD aims to be a catalyst and vehicle to drive greater change for women.

Find out more about International Women’s Day

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