Rebel Women
Rebel Women
Jul 24, 2020
Minnie, Adelaide and Melvina
Play • 23 min

Rebel Women is a podcast about history's troublemakers. 

These women chained themselves to railings, poured ink in postboxes and sometimes worse. One woman even followed Churchill on his public speaking tour, ringing a bell every time he tried to speak. 

They defy everything we know about Victorian ladies. They were loud and angry; and they weren't afraid to show it. We feel that same anger today. 

These women inspire us to keep fighting. 

Today's show comes to you in three parts. Three parts for three stories about three women. Women who would risk everything for what they believed in.

For show notes, reading lists and further stories about East London women, visit our website Or find us on TwitterFacebookYouTubeInstagram or Pinterest.

Rebel Women is part of the Women Activists of East London project, which has been developed by Share UK, a non-profit community group based in London.

Special thanks to the National Heritage Lottery Fund for their support of today's episode.


Main theme by DanoSongs. Incidental music by DanoSongs and Purple Planet Music.

Produced and edited by Steve Woodward at


Further reading

Minnie Lansbury: suffragette, socialist and rebel councillor by Janine Booth

Adelaide Knight, leader of the first east London suffragettes (East End Women's Museum)

Adelaide Knight: the forgotten working class suffragette (The Telegraph)

Adelaide Knight (Wikipedia)

Jolly George, 1920: when British workers stood up for revolutionary Russia (Counterfire)

The suffragettes weren’t just white, middle-class women throwing stones (Sarah Jackson, The Guardian, 12 October 2015)

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