Margaret Beavan

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Margaret Beavan (1877 – 22 February 1931) was an English politician who was the first female Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 1927.[1][2][3][4]

Beaven attended Belvedere School, and then the Royal Holloway College.[5] She was also educated at Liverpool Institute High School for Girls, in the same form as Maude Royden. Outside of her political career, she was a well known campaigner for the welfare of children and their mothers.[6] She founded the Liverpool Child Welfare Association, Liverpool Open Air Hospital for Children, Royal Liverpool Babies Hospital, Ellen Gonner Convalescent Home, and the Tired Mothers' Rest Home.[5]

In 1927, Beaven became the first woman Lord Mayor of Liverpool. At the 1929 United Kingdom general election, she stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative Party candidate in Liverpool Everton. She was also a member of the National Council of Women of Great Britain.[5]


  1. ^ International Women’s Day – Margaret Beavan, Liverpool’s First Woman Lord Mayor,
  2. ^ The Work of Margaret Beavan,
  4. ^ "Liverpool City Council - Proceedings of the Council 1927-1928 page 5". Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Beaven, Margaret. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U205864.
  6. ^ Clare Debenham (18 December 2013). Birth Control and the Rights of Women: Post-suffrage Feminism in the Early Twentieth Century. I.B.Tauris. pp. 172–173. ISBN 978-1-78076-435-1.