Eleanor Marx was the youngest daughter of Karl Marx, the greatest philosophical, political and social thinker of our times. She was born in Soho in London in 1855 and, not surprisingly, was a precocious child mixing with adults who were the most advanced political thinkers of their day. But her place in history isn't because of her name and who she was related to. Her work, commitment to the cause and self sacrifice earned her that place in her own right. From the time of her father’s death in 1883 until her own untimely death in 1898 the workload she undertook in the labour and trade union movement of the day was phenomenal.