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Henrietta Maria Stanley (née Dillon-Lee), Lady Stanley of Alderley

(1807-1895), Political hostess and campaigner for women's education

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Stanley's family moved from Nova Scotia to Florence in 1814 and her grandson Betrand Russell viewed this upbringing as fundamental to her progressive outlook, 'She was downright, free from prudery, and eighteenth-century rather than Victorian in her conversation'. A member of the National Union for the Improvement of Women's Education, her efforts focused on campaigns for women's education. Co-founder of Cambridge University's Girton College, she donated money for the Stanley Library named after her and a laboratory. Founder of Queen's College London and founder of Girls Public Day School. From 1874 she campaigned for the Medical College for Women, which eventually opened at the Royal Free Hospital.

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25 September 2019, 11:14

She also was on of the founders of Sheffield High School for Girls along with Mary Gurney, Maria Grey and Emily Shirreff

Lady Stanley of Alderley

29 September 2018, 19:44

Co-founder of Girton College Cambridge. Stanley Library is named after her. Founder of Queens College London and founder of Girls Public Day School.

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