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), '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.
Tweedie in 1972
|Born||Jill Sheila Tweedie|
22 May 1936
|Died||12 November 1993 (aged 57)|
|Occupation||Writer, journalist, broadcaster|
|Spouse||Bela Cziraky (m. 1954)|
Robert d'Ancona (m. 1963)
Alan Brien (m. 1973)
|Children||Ilona 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.
- "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.."
- Department, Research (2 June 2011). "10 November 1975: Guardian columnist Jill Tweedie says sex is boring". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- Belfrage, Sally (13 November 1993). "Obituary: Jill Tweedie". The Independent. London.
- Forgan, Liz (17 April 2000). "For the love of a faint hearted feminist". The Guardian. London.
- Jill Tweedie (1980). It's only me: pieces from a column. Robson Books. p. 235. ISBN 978-0-86051-123-6.