Monday, November 24, 2014

Historic Women @54StJamesStreet Home of @TheWomensOrg : Josephine Butler

When The Women's Organisation opened the doors of their new £5.3mil building in the Baltic Triangle district of Liverpool, they were keen to show the influence that iconic women of history have had on the organisation.

Each room at 54 St James Street has been carefully named after an inspiring woman who made her mark in history. The Women's Organisation wanted to introduce you to some of these amazing women so you can see why they have been recognised at the Women's International Centre for Economic Development (WICED)

The Butler Room is one of our smaller meeting rooms, which is stylish, comfortable and designed to facilitate meetings of between 2 and 6 people. These rooms also benefit from natural light, heating and cooling system, which can be controlled from inside the room, and free WiFi connectivity. 

Josephine Butler (1826-1906)


Born in Northumberland, Josephine Elizabeth Butler was a Victorian era British Feminist who was especially concerned with the welfare of prostitutes. She led the long campaign for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts both in Britain and internationally from 1869 to 1886. 

From her twenties on, Josephine was very active in feminist movements. This was spurred by the accidental death of her six year old daughter, Eva in 1863. Josephine became involved in the campaign for higher education for women, and in 1867 together with Anne Jemima Clough, later principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, was instrumental in establishing the North of England Council for Promoting the Higher Education of Women.

However, she had also been very closely involved with the welfare of prostitutes; as a passionate Christian, she abhorred the sin, but she also regarded the women as being exploited victims of the male oppression, as the attacked the double standard of sexual morality. 



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