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Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy and the Victorian Feminist Movement: The Biography of an Insurgent Woman

Maureen Wright


Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy (1833–1918) was one of the most significant pioneers of the British women's emancipation movement, though her importance is little recognised. Wolstenholme Elmy referred to herself as an ‘initiator’ of movements, and she was at the heart of every campaign Victorian feminists conducted — her most well-known position being that of secretary of the Married Women's Property Committee from 1867–82. A fierce advocate of human rights, as the secretary of the Vigilance Association for the Defence of Personal Rights, Wolstenholme Elmy earned the nickname of the ‘parliamentar ... More

Keywords: Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, women's emancipation movement, Victorian feminists, human rights advocate, Vigilance Association, parliamentary watch-dog, lobbying, feminist theorist, conjugal rape, rights of women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719081095
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719081095.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maureen Wright, author