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Josephine Butler

Other names: 
Josephine Elizabeth Grey
Dates: 
Born 13 April 1825, died 30 December 1906

Josephine Elizabeth Grey was born on 13 April 1828 in Milfield, Northumberland, to John Grey (a cousin of Earl Grey) and his wife Hannah Annett. Educated at home, she was strongly influenced by her father’s passion for social reform and hatred of injustice. She married George Butler, then a tutor at Oxford, in 1852 with whom she shared many concerns, including the need for the abolition of slavery, and better rights for marginalised women.

Sources
Josephine Butler Memorial Trust
Durham University Josephine Butler College website

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

Ruth Margaret Adler

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born 1 October 1944, died 18 February 1994

A feminist human rights and child welfare campaigner, Ruth Adler was the daughter of two German Jewish lawyers, Charlotte Kissinger and Rudolf Oppenheimer, who emigrated to Britain in the 1930s. She was born in London, and after graduating from Oxford she moved to Scotland with her husband and taught philosophy part-time at the University of Edinburgh while her two sons were young. She was a founding member of Scottish Women’s Aid (1974), and later became a member of the Lothian Region Children’s Panel.

Sources
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Entry on Ruth Margaret Adler by Fran Wasoff
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