In her youth, Bondfield worked as a shop assistant and became involved in the Union, later becoming a platform speaker, secretary of the Union then TUC delegate. She was the first female chair of the TUC.
In 1923, Bondfield was elected as the Labour MP for Northampton and was appointed Minister of Labour in 1929. She was also part of the Women's Trade Union League, the National Federation of Women Workers, the Adult Suffrage Society and the Women's Labour League.
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