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Ellen Wilkinson – Minister of Education

The first female Minister of Education: Ellen Wilkinson   

On August 3rd 1945 Ellen Wilkinson became the first female Minister of Education of Britain. She had come a long way from her suffragist revolutionary past.

 In her speech to the 1946 Labour Party Conference she declared:

When I went to the Ministry of Education I had two guiding aims, and they come largely out of my own experience. I was born into a working-class home, and I had to fight my own way through to the University. The first of those guiding principles was to see that no boy or