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Josephine Butler is one of the forgotten pioneers of womens' rights. Jane Jordan's thorough biography shows how Mrs Butler's radical views & campaigning personality were shaped by her upbringing and the loss of a daughter. She devoted her life to helping prostitutes, both through campaigns to change legislation and through direct action, the taking of desperate women into her own house & caring for them there. Supported by her husband, this lifestyle nonetheless meant sacrificing his career & what would otherwise have been an affluent lifestyle. A fascinating life; Josephine Butler is a name that should be as well known as that of the Pankhursts & deserves to be more so.
This report prepared by Claire Baldwin








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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting for social change    -   women fighting for rights Period of greatest activity?    -   1800's

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France    -   Italy Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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