Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Becker, Lydia
Birth Name: Lydia Ernestine Becker
Used Form: L. E. B.
first established herself in the mid nineteenth century as a popularizer of scientific knowledge and a proponent of women's scientific education. She is best known for her work on the Women's Suffrage Journal, the major organ of the suffrage movement in the 1870s and 1880s; she also contributed papers and essays to the cause through other outlets.
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's parents encouraged her intellectual development from an early age. Among the important first texts she read were Bunyan
's Pilgrim's Progress and John BunyanHoly War, and Carlyle
's French Revolution. Her mother...
In 1915 she resigned from the society, which had its source in the merging in 1887 of seventeen organizations devoted to campaigning for women's emancipation. Lydia Becker
, then Millicent Garrett Fawcett
, had been...
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...
The Education Act of 1870 allowed for the election of women to School Boards; ED
's prominence as an education activist is evident in her election as only the second woman (following Elizabeth Garrett
Millicent Garrett Fawcett
was a member of the first Women's Suffrage Committee
, formed in July 1867 after John Stuart Mill proposed his suffrage amendment in parliament. She was the youngest woman at the initial gathering. At...
The microfilm collection is in two parts. Part 1 contains the papers of Lydia Becker
and Margaret Ashton
. Part 2 contains MGF
's papers, as well as sections on women's suffrage, education, employment, welfare...
Frances Power Cobbe
She remained attentive to the patterns of violence against women, particularly sexual crimes and domestic violence. Lydia Becker
did not like to ask her to write gratis for the Women's Suffrage Journal, but seems...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text
The second part of the book comprises biographical sketches of Lydia Becker
, since, according to HB
, her life above all others has left the impress of its intellectual force and deep sympathy with...
Wealth and Poverty
bequeathed her library to Girton College
, Cambridge, in memory of Lydia Becker
and Caroline Ashurst Biggs
. The collection was presented to the library in a mahogany bookcase which she designed herself...
9 August 1870
The Education Act established a national elementary education system governed by local school boards, to which women could be elected.