Miss Annette Akroyd

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Single

Born: 1842

Died: 1929

Education: Bedford College (1860?3)

Occupation: Teacher and translator of medieval Indian texts

1866 Petition: Yes

Petition Area: Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England


Other sources: https://www.parliament.uk/1866
Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain and Ireland: A Regional Survey (2006)

Further Information:

Family information: Father was a manufacturer. She married Henry Beveridge in 1875. Their son William went on to write the Beveridge Report and is credited as chief founder of the welfare state. Sister to Fanny Akroyd, who also signed the 1866 petition.

Additional Information: Annette was a corresponding member of the Kensington Society (1865?7), during which time she signed the 1866 petition with her sister Fanny. In 1873, she went to India to work for the reform of women's education. After her marriage in 1875 to Henry Beveridge, a district judge in the Indian civil service, she seems to have turned more towards academic study and to her role as wife and mother, and away from reform. Upon her return to England years later ? and unusually ? she became local secretary in Stourbridge of the Anti-Suffrage League.

Other Suffrage Activities: Annette founded a school for girls in Calcutta, India in 1873 and was famed in the Bengal region for her work to reform girls' education.

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