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Lilian Barker

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Dame Lilian Charlotte Barker, DBE, JP (21 February 1874 – 21 May 1955) was first British female assistant prison commissioner whose work provided the basis for the modern day humanitarian prison system for female correctional facilities in Great Britain. Early life Born in Islington, Barker was educated at the local primary school system and graduated from Whitelands College in Chelsea in the 1890s. Lilian was one of six children and her father, who was a Kentish Town tobacconist, was an alcoholic. Career Lilian Barker graduated from Whitelands College in the 1890s. She became a schoolteacher who specialised in troubled children. She became the Principal of the London County Council’s Women’s Institute correction facility in 1913. After serving for two years, Barker resigned from her post to join Britain's war effort during World War I, as lady superintendent of the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, overseeing 30,000 women munitions workers. Following the war, Bark
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