Margaret Wynne Nevinson (1858-1932) grew up in a Welsh-speaking vicarage. She took a degree at St Andrew’s University and then travelled and taught before marrying the journalist and Manchester Guardian war correspondent Henry Woodd Nevinson in 1884. They worked together in an East End settlement before moving to Hampstead where she worked as a journalist. She served for 25 years as a school manager and later Poor Law Guardian and Justice of the Peace. She was active in the WSPU, the Tax Resistance League and especially the Women’s Freedom League who published her pamphlets Ancient Suffragettes (1911) and Five Year’s Struggle for Freedom: a history of the suffrage movement (1908-1912). Her husband was also active in the Suffrage Movement, becoming a founder of the Men’s Political Union for Women’s Enfranchisement for which he wrote at least one dramatic sketch. Margaret Wynne Nevinson spoke several times at AFL events including on Women Under the Poor Law. Her collection of short pieces, originally published in newspapers and journals, Workhouse Characters, based on interviews with sailors, drunks, dossers and attempted suicides, some of which in are in the form of dramatic monologues, was published in 1918. In 1922 she wrote Fragments of Life, a further volume of short autobiographical pieces and stories on social issues, and published her memoirs, Life’s Fitful Fever in 1926. After Margaret’s death her husband remarried to her close friend and prominent suffragist, Evelyn Sharp.
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