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Elizabeth McAllister

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She was known as Betty. Her maiden name was McMahon
Dates: 
15 Jan 1931 - 5 May 2009

Born in 1931, one of five sisters, Betty McMahon served in the Land Army during the Second World War.

She became a community campaigner for the Calton, setting up a children's club, campaigning to make roads safer for children, campaigning for better housing. She opposed the Poll Tax and heckled Margaret Thatcher when she visited Glasgow. She combined campaigning with running her business - a seafood shop in Bain Street.

She became known as "Battling Betty"

She was awarded the B.E.M. in 1980 and was Scotswoman of the Year in 1984.

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May Donoghue

Other names: 
Her maiden name was McAllister
Dates: 
4 July 1898 – 19 March 1958

May McAllister was born in Cambuslang the sixth of the eleven surviving children of James McAllister, steel worker and his wife Mary Jane Hannah.

In the 1911 census her mother was the head of the household, her father was presumably working away from home. The family of ten were living in three rooms at 41 Park Street, Cambuslang.

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Chrystal Macmillan

Other names: 
Jessie
Dates: 
1872-1937

Chrystal Macmillan was born in Corstophine, Edinburgh. She became the first female science graduate from the University of Edinburgh in 1896, as well as the first female honours graduate in Mathematics. She campaigned for women's rights to vote and became the first woman to plead a case before the House of Lords in 1908. As an active pacifist, she was present at the International Women's Congress in The Hague in 1915, and later organised the International Committee for Women for Permanent Peace (ICWPP) and its congress in Zurich.

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Chrystal Macmillan speaking at the Congress of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in Rome 1923.
Chrystal Macmillan speaking at the Congress of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in Rome 1923.
Chrystal Macmillan speaking at the Congress of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in Rome 1923.
Chrystal Macmillan speaking at the Congress of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance in Rome 1923.
Sources
Dictionary of National Biography
Edit - Winter 2011/12
Alumni magazine for University of Edinburgh graduates. Article by Chris Small
Helen Kay, Chrystal Macmillan From Edinburgh Woman to Global Citizen
DEP, no.18-19 / 2012
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