New Times,
New Thinking.

  1. Election 2024
25 November 2015updated 07 Sep 2021 11:28am

The Returning Officer: Suffragettes V

Responding to hecklers who said women should be at home with their children, she replied that as she didn’t have any, she should “go to parliament to make things better for other people’s children”.

By Stephen Brasher

Mary Grant was the Liberal candidate for Leeds South East in 1922, for Pontefract in 1923 and for Salford West in 1929. Raised in Dundee, she went to India in 1905 as an educational missionary for the Church of Scotland, returning in 1911 to join the campaign for women’s suffrage. During the First World War, she served as a VAD nurse and then a policewoman in munitions factories across the country.

After losing in 1922, she said she had been inundated with surveys from various groups – including undertakers, who wanted to know if she could make coffin handles cheaper. Responding to hecklers who said women should be at home with their children, she replied that as she didn’t have any, she should “go to parliament to make things better for other people’s children”.

Stephen Brasher

Select and enter your email address Your weekly guide to the best writing on ideas, politics, books and culture every Saturday. The best way to sign up for The Saturday Read is via saturdayread.substack.com The New Statesman's quick and essential guide to the news and politics of the day. The best way to sign up for Morning Call is via morningcall.substack.com
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
THANK YOU

Content from our partners
We need an urgent review of UK pensions
The future of private credit
Peatlands are nature's unsung climate warriors