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By Maureen Wright

This booklet presents the 1st full-length biography of Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy (1833–1918) – anyone stated between contemporaries as "the gray topic within the mind" of the late-Victorian women’s circulate. A pacifist, humanitarian "free-thinker," Wolstenholme Elmy was once a debatable personality and the 1st lady ever to talk from a public platform related to marital rape. Lauded through Emmeline Pankhurst as "first" one of the notorious militant suffragettes of the Women’s Social and Political Union, Wolstenholme Elmy was once one in every of Britain’s nice feminist pioneers and, in her personal phrases, an "initiator" of many high-profile campaigns from the 19th into the twentiethth century. Wright attracts on an intensive source of unpublished correspondence and different resources to provide a permanent portrait that does justice to Wolstenholme Elmy’s momentous achievements.

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This ebook offers the 1st full-length biography of Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy (1833–1918) – a person pointed out between contemporaries as "the gray topic within the mind" of the late-Victorian women’s circulate. A pacifist, humanitarian "free-thinker," Wolstenholme Elmy was once a arguable personality and the 1st girl ever to talk from a public platform with regards to marital rape.

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424–8, p. 427. 16 EWE/HM, 29/4/1908, 47455, fol. 170. T. Stead, ‘Honour to Whom Honour is Due’, Review of Reviews, September 1910, p. 223. 17 Rappaport, Encyclopaedia, p. 750. 18 EWE/HM, 14/8/1903, 47453, fol. 157. indd 21 5/26/2011 7:10:20 PM ELIZABETH WOLSTENHOLME ELMY 19 I. Whitwell Wilson to Henry Wilson, 20/12/1875, 3/JBL/14/11, Josephine Butler Papers, Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University. ) 20 EWE, ‘The New Priestcraft’, Shafts, September 1897, pp. 245–9, p. 245. 21 Stead, ‘Honour’, p.

17 Childhood Elizabeth’s correspondence offers no detailed description of her parents or any indication of their mode of living. 18 The roots of Elizabeth’s maternal family lay here, for she was the third child and only daughter of the Reverend Joseph Wolstenholme and his wife Elizabeth, one of nine children of prosperous textile entrepreneur Richard Clarke of Sisley Cottage, Lumber Lane. Mrs Wolstenholme died only days after her daughter’s birth, and left the infant to be placed in foster care in the nearby village of Walkden.

208. 51 Sandra Stanley Holton, Suffrage Days: Stories from the Women’s Suffrage Movement (London and New York: Routledge, 1996), p. 2; Krista Cowman, Women of the Right Spirit: Paid Organisers of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) 1904–18 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007), pp. 121–2. 52 Anon. [EWE], ‘The Emancipation of Women’, leaflet reprinted from an article published in the Cambrian News, 2 October 1885, p. 4, WEUP. 53 EWE/HM, 1/7/1908, 47455, fol. 187. 54 Josephine Butler to Millicent Garrett Fawcett, 8/12 [1875], 3/JBL/14/04, WL.

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