Monday, 19 January 2015

Use your vote! She couldn’t ……  
1.     Dr Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917) 
With Emily Davies she organised and delivered the 1866 petition for votes for women to Parliament.(Here she is seen surrounded by the names of some of the 1,499 women who also signed.   
Educated at Miss Browning’s School in Blackheath, Elizabeth Garrett later trained as a doctor and encouraged others to do the same. She founded a teaching hospital for women and practicing herself.  She was elected to the London School Board in 1870 and was first woman Mayor of Aldeburgh 1908-10.  She died the year before some women could vote in parliamentary elections. Her sister Millicent Garrett Fawcett was too young to sign the petition, but went on to lead the constitutional campaign for votes for women.  

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography   J. Manton, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1965) · L. Garrett Anderson, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1939) · E. M. Bell, Storming the citadel: the rise of the woman doctor (1953) · M· M. G. Fawcett, What I remember (1924) Elizabeth Crawford  · Enterprising Women: The Garretts and Their Circle (2002)

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