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Jiu-jitsu suffragette Edith Garrud celebrated with People's Plaque

Council leader Catherine West with family members of Edith Garrud

Council leader Catherine West with family members of Edith Garrud

Published: 6 July, 2012
by ANDREW JOHNSON

IT took a brave policeman to tackle the women’s rights pioneer and suffragette Edith Garrud.

As one of the world’s first female martial arts instructors, she ran a jiu-jitsu school in Seven Sisters Road as well as training The Bodyguard – the suffragettes’ elite protection unit that defended members from arrest.

Garrud, who died in 1971 aged 99, is the latest notable Islington resident to be commemorated with a People’s Plaque.

It was unveiled by members of her family and council leader Catherine West on Saturday.

“Edith Garrud’s pioneering career and the suffragettes’ victory on votes for women have contributed to making our society fairer and more inclusive,” Cllr West said.

“It’s historic contributions like hers that have stamped their mark on our borough and inspired residents to vote in their thousands for their Islington’s People’s Plaques heroes.”

The plaques are chosen by residents from an annual shortlist.

Other plaques will be erected later this year to justice campaigner Jack Kennedy, healthcare founder Florence Keen and figurative painter Cyril Mann.

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