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Social reformer Josephine Butler is primarily remembered for her unrelenting efforts in the campaign against the Contagious Diseases Acts during the second half of the nineteenth century. She was both a gifted orator and a prolific writer on the many causes she espoused. Author of nearly forty pamphlets, she also composed books of political and personal writings: essays, biographies of people whose lives influenced her own, and an autobiography. Almost all of her writings address questions of social and political import—the repeal campaign, the double sexual standard, women's rights, and religious issues. Bibliographic Citation link.
13 April 1828 Josephine Elizabeth Grey (later JB) was born, the seventh of nine surviving children in her family, at Milfield Hill, Glendale, Northumberland. Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid-1868 JB's first published writing appeared, a pamphlet entitled The Education and Employment of Women. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1869 JB edited and supplied the introduction to the feminist collection Woman's Work and Woman's Culture: A Series of Essays by various hands. Bibliographic Citation link.
1901 After the death of her closest sister, Hattie, JB published a biography titled In Memoriam: Harriet Meuricoffre—her final work, except an introductory letter for a little book published at Rochester, Kent, by James Marchant, 1904. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
30 December 1906 JB died at Wooler, near Milfield in Northumberland, in the company only of her landlady and her nurse. Bibliographic Citation link.
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