Married Women's Property Committee


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Material Conditions of Writing Dinah Mulock Craik
The campaign for the Married Women's Property Act had begun with the formation of the Married Women's Property Committee in December 1855. Many successive bills had been presented to Parliament; none of them passed until...
Occupation Josephine Butler
JB threw herself into social work of all kinds, aiming to assist those less fortunate than herself. She began by visiting and examining oakum sheds, in which women, both prison inmates and creatures driven...
politics Matilda Hays
In 1855, MH took part in Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon 's Married Women's Property Committee .
Stone, James S. Emily Faithfull: Victorian Champion of Women’s Rights. P. D. Meany.
As an open advocate of women in the early days of middle-class feminism, she commented in Adrienne Hope...
politics Caroline Norton
CN 's public humiliation at the hands of George Norton drove her to campaign against current divorce laws and property laws concerning women. Although not associated with feminist organisations pursuing the cause, she was in...
politics Emmeline Pankhurst
Even as a young mother in the early 1880s, EP found time to get involved with the Married Women's Property Act Committee , which met with hard-earned success in the Act of August 1882.
Pankhurst, Sylvia. The Life of Emmeline Pankhurst. Kraus Reprint.
politics Mary Anne Barker
In a book for children she wrote that she was always glad that slavery was abolished in Jamacia before she was old enough to know anything about it, and that therefore the negroes, as I...
politics Lydia Becker
Although LB never married, she served as treasurer of the Married Women's Property Committee . She was treasurer, too, of the Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights .
politics Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon
At the meeting the female members of the first Married Women's Property Committee confirmed the text of BLSB 's parliamentary petition and planned for a signature crusade and then for the presentation of the petition...
politics Elizabeth Barrett Browning
EBB 's name headed the petition organised by Barbara Leigh Smith and the Married Women's Property Committee and presented to Parliament in December 1855 to lobby for reform to married women's property law: this made...
politics Frances Power Cobbe
FPC was concerned about women's material conditions as well as formal rights. She laboured to obtain protection for battered women: an opponent in other contexts of flogging, she believed that the only effective remedy for...
Textual Features Rosina Bulwer Lytton, Baroness Lytton
The book's satire on parliament for its treatment of women was highly topical at a date two years after the new Divorce Act, three years after the Married Women's Property Committee was formed, and during...
Textual Features Mary Anne Barker
Amid tips on interior decoration she slipped in some proto-feminist remarks: a dressing-table, she says, offers limited space for the paraphernalia of odds and ends which the law generously recognises as the sole and individual...
Textual Production Caroline Norton
This was the year of the founding of the Married Women's Property Committee and of Barbara Leigh Smith 's pamphlet A Brief Summary in Plain Language of the Most Important Laws Concerning Women. But...
Textual Production Caroline Frances Cornwallis
She wrote this article at the height of the parliamentary debates on the legal rights of married women. Despite being very ill, CFC was determined to participate in this discourse and give aid to a...


December 1855: Barbara Leigh Smith, later Bodichon, founded...

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December 1855

Barbara Leigh Smith , later Bodichon, founded the Married Women's Property Committee (sometimes called the Women's Committee) to draw up a petition for a married women's property bill.

14 March 1856: A petition for Reform of the Married Women's...

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14 March 1856

A petitionfor Reform of the Married Women's Property Law, organized by the Married Women's Property Committee and signed by many prominent women, was presented to both Houses of Parliament.

21 April 1868: A Married Women's Property Bill prepared...

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21 April 1868

A Married Women's Property Bill prepared by the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science was sponsored by George Shaw Lefevre and John Stuart Mill ; it stalled because the vote in the House

18 August 1882: The Married Women's Property Act gave women...

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18 August 1882

The Married Women's Property Act gave women the right to all the property they earned or acquired before or during marriage.


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