Lydia Becker, the forgotten face of Women's Suffrage. Her writing and campaigning, during the Victorian era, provided political motivation and inspiration to a generation of women.
The right for all British women to vote in general elections was first granted in 1928. Manchester’s Pankhurst family were well-known leaders of the direct action Suffragette movement which fought for the vote during the early years of the twentieth century. Lydia Becker, the daughter of a German merchant based in Manchester, is much less well-known. It was Becker’s writing and campaigning during the Victorian era that provided much political motivation and inspiration to the generation of Edwardian women that followed – including a young Emmeline Pankhurst.
Cartoon concerning 1st Women's Disability Bill. 28th May 1870
Portrait Photograph of Lydia Becker (1827-1890)