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Myra Eleanor Sadd Brown, Women's Rights Activist & Internationalist (1872-1938)

Suffragette Medal (Hunger Strike)

Image: Suffragette Medal (Hunger Strike)

Source: Museum Victoria

Myra Sadd Brown (nee Myra Sadd) was a women's rights activist and internationalist. She was active in the women's suffrage movement in London and became a member of the militant Women's Social and Political Union, being imprisoned and arrested in 1912. While in Holloway Prison she went on hunger strike and was force-fed.

After the First World War she became an active member of the International Suffrage Alliance and was involved in meetings which led to the formation of the British Commonwealth League (later the Commonwealth Countries League) in 1925, a feminist organisation devoted to the upholding of women's rights in Commonwealth countries. The League established the Sadd Brown Library, now part of the Women's Library. Her papers, including letters to her family from prison, are held by the Women's Library, London.

References:
'Myra Sadd Brown'. (2004). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, vol 8.

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