Emily Sturge

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Emily Sturge (20 April 1847 – 3 June 1892) was a campaigner for women’s education and suffrage. Born into a Quaker family with five sisters involved in women’s education, she became in 1878 honorary secretary of the west of England branch of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage, and campaigned through to the Liberal party to obtain the vote for women. She taught in a Friends’ Sunday school, was involved with an elementary school for girls, and was elected to the Bristol school board in 1880, There she campaigned for ‘penny dinners’ free school meals, set up evening schools and promoted training and the status of women teachers, fund-raising for University College and helping establish in 1892 a day training school for women teachers.

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