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Jewson, Dorothy (1884-1964)

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Title

Jewson, Dorothy (1884-1964)

Subject

Jewson, Dorothy

Description

A British teacher and trade union organizer who belonged to the Labour Party and was one of the first female Members of Parliament.

Contributor

Johnson-Flenga, Circe (created stub)

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Identification

Language

English

Type

Stub

Coverage

Norwich, England
London, England

Person Item Type Metadata

Birth Date

1884-08-17

Birthplace

Norwich, England

Death Date

1964-02-29

Occupation

Teacher
Politician

Biographical Text

Dorothy Jewson was born in Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich on 17th August, 1884. She had an extensive education having studied at Cheltenham College and Girton College, Cambridge. She also went to Cambridge Training College. She later went on to becoming a teacher, and taught at Richmond School from 1908 till 1911 and in a board school in Norwich
In 1916, Jewson became an organiser for the National Federation of Women's Workers where she worked closely with Margaret Bondfield.
Jewson was active in the local Labour Party and in the 1923 General Election she was elected as the Member of Parliament for Norwich. After having been defeated in the 1924 General Election, she was appointed to the National Council of the Independent Labour Party. In 1924 Jewson joined Dora Russell and formed the Workers' Birth Control Group in which Jewson was president and Russell, was the secretary of the organization. They fought for Labour Party to create government funded welfare centres which would provide free birth-control advice no matter women's medical conditions, or social stature.
She died on the 29th of February 1964.

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