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Frances Elizabeth Willard

(1839-1898), Social activist and suffragist

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in New York, much of Willard's life would be spent travelling and addressing crowds to encourage support for unions and the women’s temperance movement. In 1879 she became president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). Devoted to social reform, the WCTU highlighted the damaging impact of alcohol on women in the domestic space, advocated the introduction of the eight hour working day and public health. Willard considered it essential for women to become involved in politics which was the driving force of the WCTU's approach and the motto 'Politics is the place for women'. It grew to be one of the largest women’s organisations of the nineteenth century with 150,000 members, reaching women from diverse backgrounds.

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Frances Elizabeth Willard, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160633

Frances Elizabeth Willard

by Unknown photographer
albumen print on card, 1882
NPG Ax160633

Frances Elizabeth Willard, by Alice Hughes, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax27643

Frances Elizabeth Willard

by Alice Hughes, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1893
NPG Ax27643

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