Mrs Margaret Haig Mackworth

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Married

Born: 1883

Died: 1958

Place of birth: London, Middlesex, England

Education: Notting Hill High School; St Leonards School, St Andrews

Main Suffrage Society: WSPU

Arrest Record: Yes

Recorded Entries: 1


Other sources:
Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866?1928 (1999)

Further Information:

Family information: Father was a Liberal MP in Merthyr, from 1888, and first Viscount Rhondda. Her mother was a member and supporter of several law-abiding women's suffrage societies. She married in 1908.

Additional Information: Margaret (Viscountess Rhondda) joined the WSPU in 1908 and became honorary secretary of the Newport branch of the WSPU, organising a campaign in South Wales. She wrote many articles and pamphlets in support of militant action and was herself arrested and sentenced in 1913, for setting fire to a pillar box. She went on hunger and thirst strike and was released under the 'Cat and Mouse Act' after five days. She was not rearrested as her fine was paid.

Other Suffrage Activities: Margaret became Viscountess Rhondda when her father died in 1918, and worked successfully as a journalist. In 1921, she began a long legal appeal for women to be allowed admission to the House of Lords. In 1923, she founded the Six Point Group, which fought for women's rights on key issues, and she was a founding member of the Open Door Council, which focused on improving women's employment opportunities and pay. Earlier, in 1918, she had also founded the Women's Industrial League, which fought for equal pay. She also became chairman of the Equal Political Rights Campaign Committee and of the National Women's Citizens Association in the 1920s.

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