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Carlile, Elizabeth Sharples (1803–1852), freethought lecturer and advocate of women's rights, was one of six children born to Ann and Richard Sharples, a counterpane manufacturer, in Bolton, Lancashire, probably late in 1803. The family was pious and prosperous, the children received a good education, and ...

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Müller, (Frances) Henrietta (1845/6–1906), women's rights activist and theosophist, was born in Valparaíso, Chile, daughter of William Müller, a German emigré businessman and JP for Hertfordshire, and his wife, Maria Henrietta Müller. She grew up in Chile with little formal schooling but was evidently well-educated; she spoke six languages and travelled widely in ...