Elizabeth Senior

Standard Name: Senior, Elizabeth
Used Form: Mrs Nassau Senior
Used Form: Elizabeth Hughes
Used Form: Jane Elizabeth Senior
Used Form: Jane Elisabeth Senior


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Employer Menella Bute Smedley
In her later years, MBS devoted much of her time to philanthropic work. Primarily concerned with the plight of children, she served on the staff of Mrs Nassau Senior in her work as a workhouse...
Friends, Associates Emilie Barrington
She met him again through their mutual friend Mrs Nassau Senior . Watts's biographer Ronald Chapman suggests that Watts needed Barrington as a mirror to show him his reflection, to present to him an encouraging...
Friends, Associates George Eliot
Some of her closest friends were prominent feminists, and they were among those soonest willing to flout convention and visit her after her union to Lewes.
Despite the social and spiritual gulf between them, GE
Textual Production Menella Bute Smedley
The former Elizabeth Hughes , wife of Nassau John Senior , became the first woman inspector of workhouses and pauper schools.
Textual Production Anne Thackeray Ritchie
She ranges through much of literary history, paying attention to figures such as Anna Seward and Mrs John Taylor (mother of Sarah Austin ) as well as men like Charles Dickens . Among her non-literary...
Textual Production Menella Bute Smedley
MBS edited and introduced Boarding-Out and Pauper Schools, Especially for Girls, which reprints the principal reports on Pauper Education contributed by Mrs Nassau Senior to the Blue Book for 1873-4.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
British Library Catalogue. http://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?dscnt=0&tab=local_tab&dstmp=1489778087340&vid=BLVU1&mode=Basic&fromLo.


January 1873: Jane Elizabeth Senior was appointed as a...

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January 1873

Jane Elizabeth Senior was appointed as a (temporary) government inspector of pauper schools and workhouses: the first woman to hold this office.

18 January 1874: Mrs Nassau Senior was appointed as the first...

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18 January 1874

Mrs Nassau Senior was appointed as the first female Inspector of workhouse and pauper schools: the appointment was at first temporary, but became permanent the next month.


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