Women’s History Month: ‘Red Ellen’, Ellen Wilkinson, 1891 – 1947

Ellen Wilkinson was a key radical figure in British socialism and feminism of the early and mid-20th century, a woman of idealism, pragmatism, energy and passion who was involved in many of the major struggles of the period. Born in October 1891 Ellen contributed to women’s suffrage and the early Labour movement; she helped found the British Communist Party; was a pacifist in the First World War; was involved in the General Strike, 1926; supported the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War; led the iconic Jarrow Crusade; campaigned against imperialism; and was the first female Minister of Education.

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