Lillian Beynon Thomas (1874-1951) was born in southern Ontario, attended Normal School in Winnipeg, and taught for nine years in rural communities. In 1905 she became editor of the Manitoba Weekly Free Press and used her column to publicize the problems of rural women, especially their lack of property rights and rights to custody of their children, and to promote suffragist views. She was involved in the formation of the Political Equality League and was its first president. In 1917 she moved to New York, after her husband A. Vernon Thomas was fired from his position as legislative reporter of the Free Press because he publicly opposed conscription. She returned to Winnipeg in 1920 and became an author and social commentator.