Bondfield, Margaret Grace
1873 - She was born in Chard, Somerset, on the 17th of March the eleventh child of Anne Taylor and William Bondfield.
1887 - She began an apprenticeship at the age of 14 in a draper's shop in Brighton.
1894 - She moved to London and was elected to the Shop Assistants' Union district council.
1896 - The Women's Industrial Council commissioned her to investigate the pay and conditions of shop workers.
1898 - She was elected assistant secretary of the Shop Assistants' Union.
1899 - She is the only female delegate to Trades Union Congress.
1908 - She became secretary of the Women's Labour League.
1923 - She was President of the Trades Union Congress General Council.
- Bondfield was elected Labour Member of Parliament for Northampton.
1929 - She was appointed Minister of Labour by Ramsay MacDonald on 8th of June (1st female British cabinet member).
1931 - She was defeated in the general election.
1939-1945 - Bondfield was chair of the Women's Group on Public Welfare.
1949 - She wrote autobiography "A Life's Work".
1953 - Margaret Grace Bondfield died on the 16th of June.
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