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Betty Boothroyd, dancer & MP


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In today's Sunday Times magazine there is an article about British groundbreaking female MPs. However, the short bio of Betty Boothroyd says, "After a stint as a semi-professional dancer, or Tiller Girl, she began working as a secretary in parliament." It then goes on to say she was popular as the first female Speaker of the Commons.

 

 Surely the Tiller Girls were a highly professional troupe and she would have learnt many transferable skills during her training and performing. Dance still has a long way to go to be appreciated!

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