Margaret Bondfield was born in 1873, in humble circumstances and had little formal education. She started work as a shop assistant and was shocked at the working conditions of the staff. So, Margaret became an active member of the shopworkers’ union. She eventually became a Member of Parliament (MP). Appointed Minister of Labour in the Labour government of 1929 – 31, Margaret was the first woman to be appointed a minister in the Cabinet.

Picture: Margaret Bondfield 1919. From Wikimedia Commons.