MacArthur, Mary

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MacArthur, Mary Gender: F
born on 13 August 1880 at 04:30 (= 04:30 AM )
Place Glasgow, Scotland, 55n53, 4w15
Timezone GMT h0w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gerard
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 20°45' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 16°19 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 17°15'


Scottish outstanding Labour Union official, Secretary of Woman's Trade Union League and founder of the National Federation of Women Workers. The daughter of a prosperous draper, her education included a year in Germany, 1896, before joining her father as a clerk. She joined the Shop Assistant's Union in 1901 and rose rapidly to become President of the Scottish National District.

As a union representative, in London, 1903, she became the Secretary of the Women's Trade Union League with the help of her friends Margaret Bandfield and Gertrude Tuckwell. MacArthur revitalized membership and increased trade boards, organized strikes when necessary to negotiate minimum wages and protected the rights of women. In 1904 she became a delegate to the International Congress of Women in Berlin and 1907 launched a popular journal called, "Woman Worker." She served on the National Council of the Independent Labour Party 1909-12 and during WW I, through propitious circumstances, she unexpectedly became friends with Queen Mary.

Known as being vitally energetic and exuberant, her consistently held social purpose gave her great joy of life. MacArthur married politician W.C. Anderson and was widowed in 1919. She died of cancer in 1921 at the young age of 41.

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  • Social : Begin a program of study 1896 (Studied in Germany)
  • Social : Joined group 1901 (The Shop Assistant's Union)
  • Work : New Job 1903 (Secretary of the Women's Trade Union League)
  • Work : New Job 1904 (Delegate of International Congress of Women)
  • Work : Start Business 1907 (Started journal, Woman Worker)
  • Work : New Job 1909 (National Council of Independent Labour Party)
  • Death of Mate 1919 (Husband died)
  • Death by Disease 1921 (Cancer, age 41)

Source Notes

Caroline Gerard quotes B.C.


  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (World educated)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One lengthy marriage)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (Friends with Queen Mary)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Groups (Social awareness groups)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Women's working rights)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist (International Congress of Women)
  • Vocation : Politics : Labor unions (Founder of Ntnl. Fed. of Women Workers)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Secretary of the Women's Trade Union League)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Leadership
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women