Mrs Elizabeth Whitehead Malleson

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Married

Born: 1828

Died: 1916

Education: Unitarian and home school; later educated herself as a teacher through Mr Shields Birkbeck School (Peckham, London)

Occupation: Teacher

Main Suffrage Society: CCNSWS

Other Societies: LNSWS; WFraL

Society Role: LNSWS executive committee member

1866 Petition: Yes

Petition Area: Camp Cottage, Wimbledon, Middlesex, England


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

Further Information:

Family information: Married Frank Malleson in 1857. His father ran a Unitarian school for boys in Brighton. Daughter Hope joined the WSPU.

Additional Information: Elizabeth subscribed to the Enfranchisement of Women Committee (EWC) and became an executive committee member of the London NSWS, which replaced it in 1868. She later joined the Central Committee of the NSWS (CCNSWS), as the London committee did not allow members to get involved in agitating in the campaign against the Contagious Diseases Acts, which she strongly supported. She allowed her home to be used for suffrage meetings and, in 1889?90, she and her husband were members of the Women's Franchise League (WFraL).

Other Suffrage Activities: Elizabeth joined the Ladies London Emancipation Society in 1864 as honorary auditor. She was also very interested in reforming education. She worked as a teacher at the prestigious Portman Hall School, but left to recover when her health failed. After marrying her husband Frank Malleson, the extended Malleson family opened the College for Working Women in Bloomsbury, London, which aimed, in Elizabeth's words, 'to meet the needs of the several classes of women who are at work during the day'. Eventually, the college also opened to men, and Elizabeth was its secretary and her husband treasurer until they retired. Elizabeth was also a member of the Society for Promoting the Employment of Women; the Ladies National Association; the Committee for the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts; and, in 1889, founded the Rural Nursing Association, the forerunner of district nursing. In 1913 she campaigned for the anti-white slave trade.

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