Willson, Laura Ann

Laura Ann Willson, Mrs (about 1878 to 1942) started work at 10 years old as a 'half-timer' in a Yorkshire textile factory. She worked in the Women's Labour League to improve women's working conditions and was imprisoned as a suffragette. As a result of her work during the First World War in munitions, she became a founder member of the Women's Engineering Society in 1919 and the Electrical Association for Women in 1924, with its close interest in the domestic application of electricity. (Cheryl Law, 'A Modern Political Dictionary' 2000).