Helen Mary Wilson(1864-1951), Physician and social campaigner
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Born into a politically radical family, Wilson was able to use her experience as a physician to support her campaigns concerning women's rights and laws concerning prostitution. After studying at the London School of Medicine, Wilson was house surgeon at the London Temperance Hospital, before working in private practices in Sheffield. In 1905, she retired and became the secretary of the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene and editor of its journal The Shield. Her attitudes towards prostitution were progressive and like her father, she campaigned against its state regulation. In 1909 she became the president of the Sheffield Women's Suffrage Society, although she did not agree with the militant tactics of the suffragettes.