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Ruth Dodds was born in 1890 and lived in Gateshead. She was a playwright, Quaker, volunteer and local politician. She joined the Labour Party after the First World War and was elected to Gateshead Council in 1929, one of the first women to do so. In 1939 she resigned from the Labour Party in protest at its support for war, and although she later rejoined she was not as politically active. But she was made the first woman Freeman of Gateshead in 1965. Together with her sisters, Hope and Sylvia, she helped to found the Little Theatre in Gateshead.
She kept diaries and this talk will consist of extracts from her diaries in the 1920s together with a background of Tyneside history in that period.
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