Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
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21 of the greatest women composers in classical music
14. Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)
Composer and active campaigner, Smyth’s 'March of the Women' became the anthem of the suffragetes. She even served two months in Holloway Prison for breaking a window. When conductor Thomas Beecham went to visit her, he found suffragettes singing in the quad, as Smyth leaned out of a window conducting with her toothbrush.