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Ashurst, Elizabeth Ann [Eliza] (c. 1814–1850), translator and campaigner for women's rights and against slavery  

Jonathan Spain

Ashurst, Elizabeth Ann [Eliza] (c. 1814–1850), translator and campaigner for women's rights and against slavery, was born in Muswell Hill, Middlesex, the eldest child of William Henry Ashurst (bap. 1791?, d. 1855), of Muswell Hill, and his wife, Elizabeth Ann, née Brown (...

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Bonwick, Theodora Ellen (1876–1928), educationist and women's rights activist  

Hilda Kean

Bonwick, Theodora Ellen (1876–1928), educationist and women's rights activist, was born on 27 December 1876 at 60 Coningham Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, the daughter of William Priessnitz Bonwick, a schoolteacher, and his wife, Sarah, formerly Beddow, an executive member of the Women's Liberal Federation...

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Carlile, Elizabeth Sharples (1803–1852), freethought lecturer and advocate of women's rights  

Edward Royle

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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Cobbe, Frances Power (1822–1904)  

Maker: Florence Graham

Frances Power Cobbe (1822–1904) by Florence Graham, 1897 © reserved; Cobbe Collection Trust

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Cobbe, Frances Power (1822–1904), writer and campaigner for women's rights  

Barbara Caine

Cobbe, Frances Power (1822–1904), writer and campaigner for women's rights, was born in Dublin on 4 December 1822. She was the fifth child and only daughter of Charles Cobbe (1781–1857), a landowner, of Newbridge House, co. Dublin, and his wife, Frances Conway (1777–1847)...

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Elmy, Elizabeth Clarke Wolstenholme (1833–1918)  

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Elizabeth Clarke Wolstenholme Elmy (1833–1918) by A. & G. Taylor, c. 1907 Mary Evans / The Women's Library

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Elmy, Elizabeth Clarke Wolstenholme (1833–1918), campaigner for women's rights  

Sandra Stanley Holton

Elmy, Elizabeth Clarke Wolstenholme (1833–1918), campaigner for women's rights, was born on 30 November 1833, at Cheetham Hill, Manchester, Lancashire, daughter of Joseph Wolstenholme (1804/5–1845), a Methodist minister, and his first wife, Elizabeth Clarke (1803/4–1833), the daughter of a cotton spinner; ...

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Mill [Taylor], Harriet (1807–1858)  

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Harriet Mill (1807–1858) by unknown artist, c. 1834 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mill [née Hardy; other married name Taylor], Harriet (1807–1858), advocate of sexual equality  

Ann P. Robson

Mill [née Hardy; other married name Taylor], Harriet (1807–1858), advocate of sexual equality, was born on 10 October 1807 at 18 Beckford Row, Walworth, in south London, daughter of Harriet (née Hurst) and Thomas Hardy (d. 1849), surgeon and ‘man-midwife’ of ...

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Mill, John Stuart (1806–1873)  

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John Stuart Mill (1806–1873) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mill, John Stuart (1806–1873), philosopher, economist, and advocate of women's rights  

Jose Harris

Mill, John Stuart (1806–1873), philosopher, economist, and advocate of women's rights, was born on 20 May 1806 at 13 Rodney Street, Pentonville, London. He was the eldest of the nine children of the Scottish-born utilitarian philosopher and Benthamite reformer James Mill (1773–1836), and his wife, ...

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Monson, Theodosia, Lady Monson (1803–1891), dilettante and promoter of women's rights  

Patrick Waddington

Monson, Theodosia, Lady Monson (1803–1891), dilettante and promoter of women's rights, was born on 23 July 1803 at Warkworth, Northumberland, fifth and youngest child of Major Latham Blacker (1765–1846) of Drogheda, Ireland, and subsequently of Newent, Gloucestershire, and his wife, Catherine (1769–1823), daughter of ...

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Müller, (Frances) Henrietta (1845/6–1906), women's rights activist and theosophist  

Rosemary Auchmuty

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 ...

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Nichols, Mary Sergeant Gove (1810–1884), campaigner for medical reform and women's rights  

Bernard Aspinwall

Nichols, Mary Sergeant Gove (1810–1884), campaigner for medical reform and women's rights, was born at Goffstown, New Hampshire, USA, on 10 August 1810, the second daughter and third child of William A. Neal (d. 1845) and Rebecca R. Neal. Her paternal grandfather was Scottish, while her mother's family were Welsh. ...

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Simms [née Zimmermann], (Berta) Madeleine (1930–2011), abortion law reformer and medical sociologist  

Keith Hindell

Simms [née Zimmermann], (Berta) Madeleine (1930–2011), abortion law reformer and medical sociologist, was born on 6 September 1930 in Darwingasse, Vienna, the only child of Oskar Shaje Zimmermann (1899–1981), businessman, and his wife, Dora, née Lilien (1905–1966). Both parents were of Polish Jewish origin. When ...

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Skeffington, Francis Sheehy- (1878–1916), women's rights activist and pacifist  

Leah Levenson

Skeffington, Francis Sheehy- (1878–1916), women's rights activist and pacifist, was born on 23 December 1878 in Bailieborough, co. Cavan, and christened Francis Joseph Christopher Skeffington, the only child of Joseph Bartholomew (J. B.) Skeffington (1847–1919), scholar and teacher, and his wife, Rose Magorian (1829–1909)...

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Taylor, Helen (1831–1907), promoter of women's rights  

Philippa Levine

Taylor, Helen (1831–1907), promoter of women's rights, was born on 27 July 1831 at Kent Terrace, London, the youngest of three children and the only daughter of John Taylor (d. 1849), partner in the wholesale drug firm of David Taylor & Sons...