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Women’s History Month: Persistence pays off, as women are finally elected to the London County Council.

Today is special for those who know women can be fantastic local councillors. Women came to that role through a struggle that hasn’t ended. About 30% of councillors are women now, and it has stuck around that level for the last decade. Lobbying to improve that position led me to the story of how it all started.

On 5th March 1910, Susan Lawrence and Henrietta Adler were elected to the London County Council. It was not the first time women were elected to local office. There were pioneers on School Boards, Poor Law Guardians and town and parish councillors. …