Ethel Tawse Jollie

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Ethel Maud Tawse Jollie (8 March 1874 – 21 September 1950) was a writer and political activist in Southern Rhodesia who was the first female parliamentarian in the British overseas empire.[1]


She was born Ethel Maude Cookson in Castle Church, Stafford and studied art under Anthony Ludovici at the Slade School of Fine Art where she met her first husband, explorer A. R. Colquhoun. After Colquhoun's death on 18 December 1914, she replaced him as editor of United Empire magazine.[2] She later remarried a Rhodesian farmer called John Tawse Jollie. She was one of the front figures in the campaign for Rhodesian self-rule, founding the Responsible Government Association in 1917.[3] She was a leading member of the National Service League, the Imperial Maritime League, the British Women's Emigration Society, the Women's Unionist Association, and the Southern Rhodesian Legislative Council. Ethel Tawse Jollie was an avowed anti-suffragist and anti-feminist. She died in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, on 21 September 1950.




  1. ^ Lowry, Donal (2004). "Colquhoun, Archibald Ross (1848–1914)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ Lowry 1997, p. 262.
  3. ^ Lowry 1997, p. 261.
  4. ^ Chaloner, Martin (1914). "The Solvency of Woman," The Edinburgh Review, Vol. 219.


  • Lowry, Donal (June 1997). "'White Woman's Country': Ethel Tawse Jollie and the Making of White Rhodesia". Journal of South African Studies. 23 (2). JSTOR 2637621. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Berlyn, Phillippa (1966). "On Ethel Tawse Jollie," Rhodesiana, No. 15.
  • Berlyn, Phillippa (1969). "Ahead of Her Time," Illustrated Life Rhodesia, No. 3.
  • Lowry, Donal, "Making Fresh Britains Across the Seas" in Fletcher, Ian Christopher, ed., (2012). Women's Suffrage in the British Empire: Citizenship, Nation and Race, Routledge.
  • Lowry, Daniel William (Donal) (1989). The Life and Times of Ethel Tawse Jollie, Rhodes University.
  • Riedi, Eliza (2002). "Women, Gender, and the Promotion of Empire: The Victoria League, 1901–1914," The Historical Journal, Vol. 45, No. 3.
  • Sanders, Valerie and Delap, Lucy (2010). Victorian and Edwardian Anti-Feminism, Routledge.

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