Bodichon, Barbara Leigh ___ 1827-1891 ___ American ___ writer, reformer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon was an illegitimate child born in Whatlington, Sussex, to Anne Longden, a working class girl. Her father, Benjamin Leigh Smith, an MP and the son of an MP, rented a cottage for Anne, and visited her daily. After the birth of a second child, the four of them went to the US for two years, and, on their return, with a third child, Anne and Benjamin lived together openly, and had two more children. Anne died in 1834. Benjamin then continued to bring up his children in an unconventional manner. When Barbara reached 21, her father gave her investments amounting to an annual income of £300, as well as the deeds of a school in Westminster his father had founded. With her unusual background, Barbara eschewed high society preferring to pursue artistic and social objectives, particularly with regard to schooling methods and married women's property rights. This latter gave her a prominent place in the history of women's rights. While visiting Algeria in 1856, she met Eugene Bodichon, a French physician some 17 years her senior and an anti-slavery campaigner. They married the following year. During her honeymoon to the US she kept a diary. She remained an energetic campaigner until suffering a stroke in the late 1870s.
A biography link
Wikipedia bio

DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1857-1858 ___ social travel love/sex US

WEB TEXT LINKS
several good extracts
 

ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
Girton College Library, University of Cambridge

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
An American Diary, 1857-8
 

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