13th May 1951
Feminist and journalist Rosie Boycott is born
Rosie Boycott co-founded Spare Rib in 1972. Described by the British Library as “iconic”, it sought to challenge the way women were both treated and portrayed and has come to be recognised as one of the most important feminist publications ever produced. It continued to be published until 1993.
However, Boycott’s publishing activities haven’t been confined only to women’s-interest titles. She edited the Independent, Independent on Sunday and Daily Express newspapers, and men’s magazine Esquire in the UK. As a journalist, she has written for the Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph and magazines including Harpers & Queen.
Born in St Helier, Boycott became Baroness Boycott of Whitefield in the County of Somerset on 9 July 2018, when nominated for a life peerage by the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
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