Rona Robinson was a British suffragette and in 1905 the first woman in the United Kingdom to gain a first-class degree in chemistry. It was awarded to her by Owen's College, Victoria University of Manchester.
After university, Robinson became a teacher at Altrincham Pupil-Teacher Centre, near Manchester where Dora Marsden (later editor of The Freewoman) was assistant-mistress and later headmistress. Whilst at Altrincham, Robinson and Marsden developed a mutual interest in women's suffrage. Both left the school after a dispute over wages to concentrate their attention on Women's Social and Political Union activities, becoming paid regional representatives. Both were imprisoned for a month after taking part in a deputation to see the Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith in 1909.
Robinson was arrested for a second time with Marsden and fellow suffragette Mary Gawthorpe for disrupting the opening of laboratories by the Chancellor of Manchester University with questions about recent force-feeding tactics employed by the prison wardens holding hunger-striking suffragettes. The rough handling employed by the police reputedly moved the Chancellor to pressure the University into not pressing charges.
- "Spink Medal Newsletter". Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- Dora Marsden: A Brave and Beautiful Spirit Les Garner pp.18-33; 36 & 47
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