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Anna Maria Heywood (née Denman), Lady Barlow

(1873-1965), Liberal politician and welfare reformer; wife of Sir John Emmott Barlow; sister of 3rd Baron Denman

Sitter in 3 portraits
Lady Barlow was a politician and ardent campaigner for women's rights. Sister of politician Thomas Denman, she married the liberal MP John Emmott Barlow and stood for election herself in the House of Commons in 1922. She came third in the election of 1924 for a seat in Ilkeston, one of just six women out of 333 liberal hopefuls. A campaigner for women's rights and an advocate for the liberal policy of free trade, as a Quaker she also promoted international pacifism and both she and her husband campaigned against conscription during the First World War. As president of the Band of Hope Union that continues to educate young people about alcohol and drug abuse today, her political campaign strongly advocated temperance.

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Anna Maria Heywood (née Denman), Lady Barlow

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, circa 1913
NPG x30906

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Barbara Lawson-Reay

13 July 2016, 16:31

Lady Barlow was a supporter of the Suffragist Movement in Colwyn Bay in the early years of the 20th Century & there are reports of her addressing local meetings. She was very concerned that there should not be different morals for men & women & that boys particularly , should be educated re the importance of women in their role as mothers. But she said that although many women wanted the vote, they didn't want to enter the House of Commons - they had more important things to do!

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