Jill Tweedie

Jill Tweedie

Jill Sheila Tweedie (22 May 1936, some sources indicate 1934 [ [http://www.tweedie.org/tweedie.htm Tweedie Genealogy Archive: History: Better Known Tweedies ] ] - 12 November 1993) was an influential feminist, writer and broadcaster. She is mainly remembered for her column in "The Guardian" on feminist issues (1969-1988), 'Letters from a faint-hearted feminist' and for her autobiography "Eating Children" (1993). She succeeded Mary Stott as a principal columnist on "The Guardian's" Women's Page.

Her light style and left-leaning politics were sometimes caricatured ("Jill Twaddle") as modish, but she captured the spirit of moderate feminism in the late 1970s/1980s

She was married three times—to the Hungarian Count Cziraky, to Bob d'Ancona, and finally to journalist Alan Brien, her partner until her death from motor neurone disease in 1993.

She is commemorated in a group portrait at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG6247) with fellow Guardian Women's Page contributors Mary Stott, Polly Toynbee, Posy Simmonds and Liz Forgan.


*She has been mistaken (even by "The Guardian") with the similarly-named Jill Craigie.


" you don't have to signal a social conscience by looking like a frump. Lace knickers won't hasten the holocaust, you can ban the bomb in a feather boa, just as well without, and a mild interest in hemlines doesn't necessarily disqualify you from reading DAS KAPITAL and agreeing with every word"-- jill tweedie--

*In November 2005 she was one of only five (5) women included in the "Press Gazette's" 40-strong gallery of most influential British journalists.




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