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