contagious diseases acts, elizabeth garrett, Elizabeth Garrett-Anderson, emily davies, first woman doctor, John Stuart Mill, josephine butler, kensington society
Previously…in blog 1. 1866 – MP John Stuart Mill agreed to submit a petition to the House of Commons asking for the vote for woman on condition the Kensington Society could find 100 signatures. A women’s suffrage committee was formed.
Elizabeth Garrett (later to become Britain’s first openly female MD), as an independent woman householder, offered her dining room for the office work. The first women’s suffrage society was born. Josephine Butler, the leader in the fight to repeal the Contagious Diseases Acts, which was the biggest women’s issue of the time, was one of 1500 to the sign the petition.
Emily Davies (later co-founder of Girton College for women at Cambridge) and Elizabeth Garrett took the huge paper scroll to Westminster Hall, to present to John Stuart Mill. He tabled an amendment to the Reform Act going through Parliament, which if success would give propertied women equal political rights to men.