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(Mary) Irene Curzon, Baroness Ravensdale of Kedleston (1896-1966)

Irene Ravensdale was a hereditary peer in her own right but unable to take a seat as a woman. The fact that she became one of the first life peers was ironic as her father, Lord Curzon, had been President of the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage.

Her life peerage recognised her voluntary work with young people, as chairman of the Highway clubs, vice-president of girls' clubs and mixed clubs, and joint president of the London Union of Youth Clubs.

In the Lords she criticized the government's 1959 Street Offences Bill for its sexual double standards.


(Mary) Irene Curzon, Baroness Ravensdale of Kedleston (1896-1966)


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