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Margaret Stanton

Margaret Stanton campaign leaflets

Lady in Red

Looking back on the career of a local woman who has devoted over 70 years to activism.

Margaret Stanton is soon to celebrate her 90th birthday and is the subject of a film about her extraordinary life, made by her granddaughter and recently shown at the Oxford Womens Festival. 

Katy Beinart writes...

I grew up hearing my grandmother's stories of campaigns, protests, and marches, and helping her on street stalls. I was fascinated by the stories she told and began to record her memories, and explore the movements she had been part of. In 2005 I had the idea of making a film about Margaret's life, and returning to some of the locations of key events in her youth.

Margaret Stanton

Margaret is as active as ever today

As well as learning more about her stories, such as campaigning against the Manchurian war, supporting Spanish Civil War fighters, and meeting Paul Robeson, I got to know her motivations and what has made her persist in her efforts over a 70-year (plus) career as a grass-roots activist.

Click the link below to watch the film.

You can also listen to BBC Oxford's Jo Thoenes interview Margaret Stanton by clicking on the following link.

last updated: 21/04/2008 at 11:40
created: 18/04/2008

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Catherine Smith
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