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Teresa Mary Billington-Greig

(1876-1964), Suffragette and political theorist; wife of Frederick Lewis Greig; daughter of William Billington

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Determined from a young age, Billington-Greig was a suffragette and political theorist, who would become a historian and critic of the suffrage movement. At 17 she ran away from home in Lancashire to her uncles in Manchester and trained as a teacher. In 1904, after she joined the Women's Social and Political Union and Independent Labour Party, political activism would shape the rest of her life. She championed a women's cause that would 'remake society' and 'would destroy old customs'. In 1906 she played a key part in the March from London's East End to Parliament and was the first suffragette to be sent to Holloway. After falling out with the Pankhursts in 1907, she founded the Women's Freedom League with Charlotte Despard.

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Teresa Mary Billington-Greig, by Brinkley & Sons - NPG x137848

Teresa Mary Billington-Greig

by Brinkley & Sons
postcard print, 1910s
NPG x137848

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