Helen Alexander Archdale (née Russell)(1876-1949), Journalist; Suffragette
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After leaving St Andrews University, Helen followed in her parents footsteps becoming a journalist and dedicating her life to championing women's equal rights. Her mother was one of the Edinburgh Seven, who had successfully campaigned to become one of the first female medical students at Edinburgh University. After joining the Scottish Women's Social and Political Union in 1908, Helen was arrested for disrupting a meeting addressed by Winston Churchill and imprisoned, she and other inmates immediately went on hunger strike and were released 4 days later. During the First World War she established a farm for women to learn about agricultural employment and her work focused on women's rights in the work place.