Mavis Tate

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Mavis Constance Tate (17 August 1893 – 5 June 1947), was a British Conservative politician and campaigner for British women's rights.


Tate was baptized Maybird Hogg. Her first marriage, to Captain G. H. Gott, lasted from 1915 until their divorce in 1925. Her second marriage, to Henry Tate, lasted from 1925 to their divorce in 1944. She suffered a nervous breakdown in 1940.

She died in London in 1947 from gas poisoning.[1]

Political career[edit]

As a member of the Conservative Party, she was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Willesden West in 1931. In 1935, however, she moved to the constituency of Frome.

It has been alleged that she was an early member of Archibald Ramsay's Right Club from its founding in May 1939, but this seems unlikely as she was one of those protesting publicly against German persecution of the Jews in November 1938.

Women's rights campaign[edit]

Tate was an advocate of arming women to resist a German invasion in 1940.

She chaired the Women's Power Committee of 1941 and the Equal Pay Campaign Committee of 1942 and was vocal on the subject of equal pay for women as part of the war effort.[2]


Shortly after the end of World War II, Tate travelled with nine others to visit the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany to report on the result of the atrocities there. She narrated the newsreel of this visit for British Pathé News.[3]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Samuel Philip Viant
Member of Parliament for Willesden West
Succeeded by
Samuel Philip Viant
Preceded by
Henry Thynne, Viscount Weymouth
Member of Parliament for Frome
Succeeded by
Walter Farthing