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Jane Cobden Unwin, councillor and campaigner

Jane Cobden Unwin, councillor and campaigner

Jane Cobden Unwin (1851-1947) was a supporter of radical causes including votes for women, the condition of Ireland, and the rights of indigenous peoples in Southern Africa and other countries. She was the daughter of the radical politician Richard Cobden (1804-1865), and in later life was the wife of publisher Thomas Fisher Unwin, (1848-1935). Special Collections holds a fine collection of letters written to and from Jane Cobden Unwin as part of her campaigning life. There are also a number of press cuttings, photographs, and printed ephemera. Amongst her correspondents were Sol Plaatje, Emma Cons, and George Lansbury. Lansbury helped Jane Cobden Unwin to stand for Councillor in the London County Council Elections of 1889. She was elected as one of the first women councillors for the seat of Bow and Bromley; and remained as a councillor until 1892, though could not vote at meetings. Only in 1907 did women acquire full rights to stand in local elections. DM851