Billington-Greig, Teresa (1877–1964)

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Billington-Greig, Teresa (1877–1964)

English suffragist. Born Teresa Billington in 1877 in Lancashire, England; died in 1964; attended Blackburn Convent and Manchester University extension classes; married F.L. Greig, in 1907, with both partners taking their combined surnames.

Selected writings:

Towards Women's Liberty (1906); The Militant Suffrage Movement (1911); Women and the Machine (1913).

The daughter of an English shipping clerk, Teresa Billington-Greig was employed as a teacher when she began working for the equal-pay movement in 1904. She was a national organizer for, and member of, the Women's Social and Political Union from 1903 until 1907, when she left to found the Women's Freedom League with Charlotte Despard and Edith How-Martyn . In addition to organizing large propaganda campaigns, Billington-Greig wrote for The Vote. Although she endured two imprisonments for her political activities, after 1911 she was critical of extremist tactics. She worked independently in her later years, fading from public prominence after World War I.