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Political leaflet for Mrs W Burbury

Political leaflet for Mrs W Burbury

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Evan.6461

Item number: 6461

Genre: Leaflet

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.

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