Political leaflet for Mrs W Burbury
Medium: Print on paper
The later Victorian period was characterised by the development of a new attitude towards women, who enjoyed a much more public and liberated lifestyle than previous generations had ever done. Education was widely available for the first time, albeit in different subjects and on a smaller scale to that afforded men, and this encouraged many women to find employment in professions like teaching and nursing, some even becoming involved with politics.
The author of this generous encomium to Mrs Burbury is William Edward Foster, who was MP for Bradford from 1861 until his death in 1886. He took every opportunity to speak in favour of electoral reform and advocated the education of girls. On this leaflet he supports the place of women on the school board, and praises their "absolutely indispensable" experience and knowledge.