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(Emma) Jane Catherine Cobden Unwin

(1851-1947), Suffragist and radical

Sitter in 5 portraits
The daughter of Richard Cobden and sister of suffragette Anne Cobden-Sanderson, radical politics were ingrained in the family and the legacy of her father's work was kept alive by Unwin and her sisters. A founding member of the Women's Suffrage League, she also championed Irish home rule, the abolition of slavery, campaigned for the families of strikers in East London and for the rights of indigenous people in colonial territories. She was one of the first women elected into the new London county council in 1889, sitting for Bow and Bromley, although the legality of her seat was questioned and legal actions were brought against her. Women would not acquire full rights in local government until 1907.

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(Emma) Jane Catherine Cobden Unwin, by Cyril Flower, 1st Baron Battersea - NPG Ax15614

(Emma) Jane Catherine Cobden Unwin

by Cyril Flower, 1st Baron Battersea
platinum print, 1890s
NPG Ax15614

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'The pilgrims of Siena'

by Paolo Lombardi
albumen cabinet card, 1881
NPG x6954

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