89-year-old Charlotte Despard speaks to an anti-fascist rally, Trafalgar Square, London, June 1933.
Charlotte Despard seems like she was a really cool lady. She was an anti-capitalist advocate for animal liberation, direct action, and Irish independence. She and Maude Gonne (an Irish nationalist with whom poet WB Yeats was in love) worked together to create the Women’s Prisoner’s Defence League, which helped support political prisoners such as Irish republicans. Despard was politically active well into her nineties (she died when she was ninety-five), and spoke at several anti-fascist rallies, like the one in the picture.