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Jill Sheila Tweedie (22 May 1936 – 12 November 1993) was an influential British feminist, writer and broadcaster. She was educated at the independent Croydon High School in Croydon, South London. She is mainly remembered for her column in The Guardian on feminist issues (1969–1988),[1] '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.

Jill Tweedie
Tweedie in 1972
Tweedie in 1972
BornJill Sheila Tweedie
22 May 1936
Cairo (Egypt)
Died12 November 1993(1993-11-12) (aged 57)
London, England
OccupationWriter, journalist, broadcaster
SpouseBela Cziraky (m. 1954)
Robert d'Ancona (m. 1963)
Alan Brien (m. 1973)
ChildrenIlona Cziraky, Adam Cziraky, Lukas D'Ancona

Her light style and left-leaning politics captured the spirit of British feminism in the 1970s and 1980s. In November 2005 she was one of only five women included in the Press Gazette's 40-strong gallery of most influential British journalists.

She was married three times—to the Hungarian Count Bela Cziraky, to Bob d'Ancona, and finally to journalist Alan Brien, her partner until her death from motor neurone disease in 1993.[2]

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.[3]


  • "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."[citation needed-probable woozle]
  • "Most violence, most crime and most vice is not committed by human beings in general. It is committed by men.."[4]


  1. ^ Department, Research (2 June 2011). "10 November 1975: Guardian columnist Jill Tweedie says sex is boring". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  2. ^ Belfrage, Sally (13 November 1993). "Obituary: Jill Tweedie". The Independent. London.
  3. ^ Forgan, Liz (17 April 2000). "For the love of a faint hearted feminist". The Guardian. London.
  4. ^ Jill Tweedie (1980). It's only me: pieces from a column. Robson Books. p. 235. ISBN 978-0-86051-123-6.

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