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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 10th March, 2016)


Wigan Town Hall

Photo: Thomas Walsh  (Canon PowerShot A1200)
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Comment by: Thomas(Tom)Walsh. on 10th March 2016 at 00:30

The plaque was unveiled on Tuesday to coincide with International Womens Day.
Martha Hogg, was one of the greatest figures to hail from Wigan, or given the circumstances, from anywhere in the country. I think she can fairly rank with the likes of Countess de Markievicz, the first women to be elected to the House of Commons in 1918, and Nancy, Lady Astor, the first women to take her seat in the chamber. Not wishing to undermine their commitment to suffrage, they operated from a position of great privilege, Martha on the other hand was born into poverty, leaving school at 13, to work in the cotton factory, like her Mother and Father before. On her Marriage to William Hogg she was forced to leave her employ, as many women in those day were forced to do, this arcane practise applied even to some of the professions, teachers for example had to leave their chosen calling on their nuptial. This also applied to the Civil Service. To my surprise, whilst doing research, I found the discrimination carried on until the nineteen-sixties Barclays Bank only relaxing the rule in 1961.
Martha Hoog was Wigan's first woman councillor elected 1920, she was appointed to The Watch Committee 1928 ,she beame a Magistrate 1932. Marha Hogg died on the16th of May 1934 ,aged 61.

Comment by: kath on 10th March 2016 at 08:23

nice one Martha!

Comment by: Vb on 10th March 2016 at 08:31

No holding this lady down! It seems she sprang from obscurity and then faded back into obscurity .......untill recently Tom!

Comment by: Jonno on 10th March 2016 at 11:12

A very interesting story Thomas, thank you for sharing, a great woman from all accounts.

Comment by: Kath H on 10th March 2016 at 12:08

Martha sounds like a wonderfully strong woman. Thanks for the information.

Comment by: MarieM on 10th March 2016 at 13:40

It's amazing, in that day and age, how a woman who was not rich could do that.

Comment by: Mr T on 10th March 2016 at 18:02

Girl Power, respect to Martha!

Comment by: irene roberts on 10th March 2016 at 20:36

How far we ladies have come from those days! Even in 1961......hardly credible! Thankyou, Martha. x.

Comment by: Lizziedownunder on 10th March 2016 at 21:28

What a great thing...yes...Girl Power!!!....cheers!!

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