Viscountess Katherine Louisa Amberley

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Married

Born: 1842

Died: 1874

Occupation: Wife of MP and Viscount

Main Suffrage Society: NSWS

Society Role: President (Monmouthshire committee)

1866 Petition: Yes


Other sources:
Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide, 1866?1928 (2001)

Further Information:

Family information: Fourth daughter of Lord and Lady Stanley of Alderley. Married Viscount Amberley in 1864, who was briefly MP for Nottingham after 1867.

Additional Information: Katherine Amberley became first president of the Bristol and West of England branch of the NSWS in 1868 and President of the Monmouthshire committee for the National Society for Women's Suffrage (NSWS) in 1872. In 1870 she gave a lecture, later published as 'The Claims of Women', in Stroud. Speaking in public was not seemly for a Viscountess, and her lecture drew the attention of Queen Victoria, who was opposed to women's suffrage. The Queen urged everyone to advise Katherine against 'this wicked folly of "women's rights"', adding that 'Lady Amberley ought to get a good whipping'. Katherine died of diptheria, caught while nursing her daughter.

Other Suffrage Activities: From 1872 until her death, Katherine was also a member of the executive committee of the Married Women's Property committee.

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