Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. <http://orlando.cambridge.org/>. 16 October 2018.
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Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon's literary work emerged from her convictions as a feminist. Her accounts of women's political, legal, and educational disabilities (in lectures, pamphlets, and an important periodical) played a crucial role in mid-Victorian legal reform and the campaigns for improved employment and educational opportunities for women. She also published a travel diary.
8 April 1827 Barbara Leigh Smith, later BLSB, was born out of wedlock at Watlington in Sussex, the eldest child of five. Bibliographic Citation link.
1854 Barbara Leigh Smith (later BLSB) anonymously published a pamphlet entitled A Brief Summary in Plain Language of the Most Important Laws Concerning Women. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early 1856 A second edition of appeared of A Brief Summary of women's legal position by Barbara Leigh Smith (soon to be Barbara Bodichon). Bibliographic Citation link.
April 1856 Margaret Oliphant, writing in Blackwood's, harshly criticized Barbara Leigh Smith's Brief Summary . . . of the Laws Concerning Women. Bibliographic Citation link.
1869 A third enlarged edition of Barbara Bodichon's A Brief Summary in Plain Language of the Most Important Laws Concerning Women appeared, with information on franchise reform. Bibliographic Citation link.
1872 BLSB published Reasons for and Against the Enfranchisement of Women, an enlarged and revised version of her earlier essay. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 June 1891 BLSB died, following a third major stroke. Bibliographic Citation link.
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