Margaret Fenwick

View All / Footstep 5

Margaret Fenwick

20th Century

Margaret was a redoubtable mill-worker and trade unionist from the age of 15. At the same time as bringing up four children, she became the first woman General Secretary of a British trade union – the Dundee & District Union of Jute, Flax & Kindred Textile Operatives – where she did much to improve health and safety and pay.

She continued to work as a JP and on industrial tribunals into her sixties and was awarded an MBE. Her plaque marks the site of the union headquarters at 93 Nethergate.

Margaret Fenwick pictured on her way to receive her MBE. Copyright DC Thomson & Co. Ltd.