Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon

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BLSB '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.
Black and white photograph of Barbara Bodichon in profile, looking towards the right.  Her hair is pulled back in a bun, with some part in a single plait. She is wearing a white blouse with a ruffled neckline, and a black jacket with buttons.
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Milestones

8 April 1827
Barbara Leigh Smith , later BLSB , was born out of wedlock at Watlington in Sussex, the eldest child of five.
Herstein, Sheila R. A Mid-Victorian Feminist: Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon. Yale University Press, 1985.
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1854
Barbara Leigh Smith (later BLSB ) anonymously published a pamphlet entitled A Brief Summary in Plain Language of the Most Important Laws Concerning Women.
Bodichon, Barbara Leigh Smith. A Brief Summary in Plain Language of the Most Important Laws Concerning Women. John Chapman, 1854.
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1872
BLSB published Reasons for and Against the Enfranchisement of Women, an enlarged and revised version of her earlier essay.
Herstein, Sheila R. A Mid-Victorian Feminist: Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon. Yale University Press, 1985.
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11 June 1891
BLSB died, following a third major stroke.
Herstein, Sheila R. A Mid-Victorian Feminist: Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon. Yale University Press, 1985.
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Biography

Birth and Family

8 April 1827
Barbara Leigh Smith , later BLSB , was born out of wedlock at Watlington in Sussex, the eldest child of five.
Herstein, Sheila R. A Mid-Victorian Feminist: Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon. Yale University Press, 1985.
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