Tennant, Margaret Mary (1869–1946)

views updated

Tennant, Margaret Mary (1869–1946)

English social worker who became the first female factory inspector in England. Born Margaret Mary Edith Abraham in 1869; died in 1946; married Harold John Tennant (a politician), in 1896 (died 1946).

Born in 1869, Margaret Mary Tennant distinguished herself as a pioneer in the field of public reform. In 1893, she was the first woman in England to become a factory inspector, a position she held until 1896, the year she married Harold John Tennant, a Liberal member of Parliament. From 1914 until 1939, she served as a member of the Central Committee on Women's Employment. Named a Companion of Honor in 1917, she died in 1946.


The Concise Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Gloria Cooksey , freelance writer, Sacramento, California

About this article

Tennant, Margaret Mary (1869–1946)

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article