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Margaret Cousins

(1878—1954) social reformer and women's activist


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(1878–1954), Irish suffragist who was active in the Indian women's movement. Margaret Gillespie Cousins, an Irishwoman, participated in both the movement for Irish suffrage and the Indian women's movement, recording many of these experiences in We Two Together (1950), coauthored with her husband, James Cousins. She became active in Ireland during the early twentieth century, when the nationalist, labor, and women's movements were gaining momentum. Along with Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Cousins founded the Irish Women's Franchise League (IWFL) in 1908 as a militant alternative to the more sedate Irish Women's Suffrage and Local Government Association. Employing a wide range of tactics in their campaign, the IWFL gave open-air speeches in Dublin and the countryside, heckled politicians, shattered the windows of government buildings, and published newspaper articles in support of suffrage.

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From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History in Oxford Reference.

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