Margaret Llewelyn Davies

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Margaret Llewelyn Davies

Margaret Llewelyn Davies (1861–1944) was the general secretary of the Co-operative Women's Guild from 1899 until 1921.[1][2] During her tenure, the Guild became far more politically active than it previously had been.[2]

Davies's election was a "turning point" in the organization's history; her tenure ushered in an era of unprecedented growth and success for the guild.[3] Davies was considered to be such a significant figure in the guild that Catherine Webb considered Davies's retirement such a significant loss for the Guild that she began writing The Woman with the Basket, her history of the Guild to that time.[1] She was a prominent and dedicated pacifist of her era.[4]

Davies had an unusual upbringing; her parents were involved in radical intellectual movements when she was a child.[5] Her father was a fellow of Trinity College and an outspoken foe of poverty and inequality, active in Christian Socialist groups, and also involved in the early co-operative movement.[5] Many of her extended family were also politically active, especially around the issue of women's suffrage.[5]

Her brother Arthur Llewelyn Davies was a barrister, whose five sons were the inspiration for J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan.


  1. ^ a b Blaszak, Barbara J. (2000). Matriarchs of the movement : female leadership and gender politics within the English cooperative movement (1. publ. ed.). Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. ISBN 978-0313309953. 
  2. ^ a b Stuckey, Karyn. "Margaret Llewelyn Davies (1861–1944) and the Women's Co-operative Guild". National Co-operative Archive. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Gaffin, Jean; Thoms, David (1993). Caring & sharing : the centenary history of the Co-operative Women's Guild (2nd ed.). Manchester: Holyoake Books. ISBN 978-0851952017. 
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  5. ^ a b c Scott, Gillian (1998). Feminism and the politics of working women : the Women's Co-operative Guild, 1880s to the Second World War. London: UCL Press. ISBN 1857287983. 
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Mary Lawrenson
Secretary of the Women's Co-operative Guild
Succeeded by
Honora Enfield