Thursday, June 16, 2011

On June 16

On this day in ...
... 1829, British feminist Bessie Rayner Parkes was born in Birmingham, England, into a family whose friends included the political essayists Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mills. A writer of poetry and other works, Parkes founded the English Woman's Journal in 1858 with a woman whom we recently profiled, Barbara Bodichon. The publication advocated women's rights and education for women. (credit for images) In 1867, she married a French barrister, with whom she had 2 children, the writers Hilaire Belloc and Marie Belloc Lowndes. Parkes did not resume work on women's issues when, as a widow, she returned to England several years later.

(Prior June 16 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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