Shirley Williams

Standard Name: Williams, Shirley
Used Form: Shirley Vivian Catlin


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Family and Intimate relationships Vera Brittain
VB gave birth in London to her daughter, Shirley Vivian Catlin , who as Shirley Williams later became a Labour politician and cabinet minister.
Berry, Paul, and Mark Bostridge. Vera Brittain: A Life. Chatto and Windus.
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Family and Intimate relationships Ann Oakley
AO was heavily influenced by her father, Richard Morris Titmuss , who, without a university education himself, became first an insurance clerk, and then a noted academic and social critic, one of the founders of...
Literary responses Mary Stott
For her obituary, The Guardian first called her legendary and then printed recollections by seven people who had known her well: editors Peter Preston , Linda Christmas , Suzanne Lowry , and Libby Brooks ...
politics Mary Stott
She scorned much of the debate as waffle but admired the clear, warm voice and the lucid, rational analysis offered by Shirley Williams (daughter of Vera Brittain ). Sitting with other, mostly young women in...
Publishing Vera Brittain
In 2005 this was reprinted with VB 's Seed of Chaos, 1944, as a single volume under the title One Voice: Pacifist Writings from the Second World War, with a foreword by Brittain's...
Textual Production Mary Stott
Growing up the daughter of journalist parents, Mary Waddington (later MS ) was a journalist in her play as a small child. She told her dolls, I have some copy to write now.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Her first...


30 June 1970: Margaret Thatcher, soon after taking office...

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30 June 1970

Margaret Thatcher , soon after taking office as Minister of Education (Conservative), gave Local Education Authorities freedom to halt or reverse progress towards comprehensive schools.

By September 1976: South Asian women (called by the media strikers...

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By September 1976

South Asian women (called by the media strikers in saris) went on strike at Grunwick Film Processing plant in Willesden, North London.

March 1981: Breakaway Labour members of parliament—Roy...

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March 1981

Breakaway Labour members of parliament—Roy Jenkins , Shirley Williams (daughter of Vera Brittain ), David Owen , and William Rodgers —left the party to found the Social Democratic Party, or SDP .

November 1981: Shirley Williams (daughter of Vera Brittain)...

Women writers item

November 1981

Shirley Williams (daughter of Vera Brittain ) became the first member of the Gang of Four, leaders of the newly-founded Social Democratic Party , to win a seat in Parliament : for Crosby, Lancashire.


Preston, Peter et al. “Portrait: Woman of Substance”. The Guardian, p. 6.
Brittain, Vera, and Shirley Williams. Testament of Youth. Virago, 1978.