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Isabella Ormston Ford was a dedicated labour activist, suffragette, and anti-war advocate at the turn of the nineteenth century whose writing advocates her socialist-feminist ideals. She wrote newspaper articles, pamphlets, short stories, and novels, all in the service of her ideas for social reform, and continually underlined the importance of keeping the labour movement and women's movement together. She also lectured widely on behalf of the causes near to her heart throughout Britain and occasionally in Europe. For several years she regularly contributed to the Labour Leader and the Yorkshire Factory Times, and maintained a column in the socialist Leeds Forward. She sat on the executive committee for several key national organizations in these movements: the National Administrative Council of the Independent Labour Party, the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
23 May 1855 Isabella Ormston Ford, who wrote under her birth name, was born at St John's Hill, Claredon Road, in Headingley (a suburb of Leeds), the youngest of eight children. Bibliographic Citation link.
8 January-14 April 1890 IOF's first publication, a novel entitled Miss Blake of Monkshalton, was serialized in Murray's Magazine. In this form it appeared both in New York and London, ascribed to her by initials only, before volume publication the same year. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 October 1895 IOF's second novel, On the Threshold, which depicts competing socialist and feminist ideals, became her best-known work. Bibliographic Citation link.
14 July 1924 IOF died in her sleep at her home at Adel Willows in Leeds. Bibliographic Citation link.
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