Saturday, June 11, 2011

On June 11

On this day in ...
... 1891 (120 years ago today), Barbara Bodichon (right), "one of the foremost founders of the women's rights movement in Britain," died in Robertsbridge, Sussex, not far the town in which she'd been born 64 years earlier. (image credit) She was one of five children born to an unmarried couple, a milliner and the son of a Member of Parliament, who himself would be elected to Parliament after her mother's death. The daughter's unconventional upbringing led her to study art, political economy, and law, and to write books and articles called for the emancipation and education of women. Her 1857 tract, Women and Work, proclaimed:

'No human being has the right to be idle ... Women must, as children of God, be trained to do some work in the world.'

(Prior June 11 posts are here, here, and here, and here.)

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