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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: August 2019

2 - “An Argument of a Very Popular Character”


This chapter demonstrates the popularity of Queen Victoria in women's rights campaigning, with a particular focus on the period from 1832 to 1876. It was during this period that a range of influential women's rights activists, including William Johnson Fox, Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, Harriet Taylor, and John Stuart Mill featured Victoria in their campaigning. The chapter discusses why so many activists found Victoria compelling and how they leveraged her in their arguments for women's emancipation.