My biography of the brilliant trade union leader, Mary Macarthur, has just been published by History West Midlands and can be bought here .
It has been a privilege to research and write this first full length account of Macarthur’s life since that published by Mary Hamilton in 1925. By way of an introduction to the book, here a blog that I wrote recently for Women’s History Network
Watch this space for details of launch events and a History West Midlands podcast
as I get set to share the story of this extraordinary woman, described by one contemporary as ‘a wholehearted fighter for economic and political justice’ and another as as ‘one of the pioneer women of the movement who has done more than any other woman I know of for the emancipation of her sex’.
Born 13th August 1880.
Died 1 January 1921.
Here is one of my favourite photographs of Mary Macarthur standing on the plinth of Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square on a wet August day in 1908 during the strike of women box makers at the Corruganza Factory, Earlsfield. Image courtesy of TUC Library