The History of Leith

September 21, 2006

A heroine for our age

In a dark, stinking workhouse in Liverpool in 1864, a frail woman sits on the floor with scores of prostitutes and unmarried mothers. They are picking the frayed fibres off old rope as punishment for their behaviour and she is helping them. Her name is Josephine Butler, and she is well on the way to becoming a legend in her own lifetime. Aside from those with an interest in women’s or Victorian history, few today will have heard of Butler, but she was Britain’s first anti-prostitution campaigner and remains one of our greatest social reformers. for more click here

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