Friday, November 1, 2013

Historic Women @54StJamesStreet Home of @TheWomensOrgLiv: Margaret Simey

When The Women's Organisation opened the doors of their new £5.3mil building in the Baltic Triangle district of Liverpool, they were keen to show the influence that iconic women of history have had on the organisation.

Each room at 54 St James Street has been carefully named after an inspiring woman who made her mark in history. The Women's Organisation wanted to introduce you to some of these amazing women so you can see why they have been recognised at the Women's International Centre for Economic Development (WICED).

Photography by Deena Kay

'Simey Suite', a stylish board room found on our third floor, is named after the inspirational Margaret Simey. Available to hire from £15 per hour, the room boasts chic boardroom furnishings, integrated IT including free wifi and a large flatcreen TV perfect for smaller training sessions or meetings. 

Margaret Simey (1906 – 2004)

Margaret Bayne Todd was born in Glasgow and was a political and social campaigner but is usually more associated with Liverpool, settling here in the 1920's and becoming the first woman to achieve a degree in sociology. She married Tom Simey, a political scientist at Liverpool University; he was later awarded a life peerage by Harold Wilson, but she did not use the title "Lady Simey". They had one son.  Serving as a magistrate in Liverpool, Margaret was awarded an honorary doctorate of the University of Liverpool for her services to the community and in 2002 was offered the honor of Freeman of the City of Liverpool, but declined. 

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