Emily Mary Osborn, ‘Barbara Bodichon’, before 1891.

Emily Mary Osborn, ‘Barbara Bodichon’, before 1891.

Barbara Leigh-Smith Bodichon (1827-1891) From challenging the question of marital law to founding the Englishwoman’s Journal, Barbara Leigh-Smith Bodichon dabbled in all aspects of Victorian feminism. Praised for her fiery energy and artistic talent, both as a writer and painter, Barbara acted as the catalyst for many hallmarks of the nineteenth century women’s movement. Barbara’s first attack of the institution of marriage came in 1854 with a pamphlet she called: A Brief Summary in Plain Language of the Most Important Laws concerning Women.


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