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    (May 21, 1780-October 12, 1845)
    Born in Norwich, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Elizabeth Gurney
    Philanthropist and prison reform advocate
    Founded the British Ladies' Society for Promoting the Reformation of Female Prisoners
    First woman to testify before Parliament (1818)
    Depicted on the British five pound note (2002)
    She was born into privilege, with both parents coming from banking families.
    In her 30s, she wrote, 'I fear my life is slipping away to little purpose.'
    She was unsuccessful in her campaign to abolish capital punishment.
    She got to testify before Parliament partly because her brother-in-law was an MP.
    Critics said she was neglecting her duties as a wife and mother to campaign for prison reform.
    When she was 12, her mother died and she became responsible for caring for and teaching her younger siblings.
    Her daughter Betsy died at age five.
    She was an early advocate of using prison for rehabilitation rather than vengeance.
    She also founded shelters for the homeless and a nursing school that inspired Florence Nightingale.
    Queen Victoria was an admirer and contributed money to her causes.

Credit: C. Fishel


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