Georgiana Verney

Equal Rights for Women

Georgiana was practically minded, and led by example. She won prizes for sheep breeding and farming, commissioned a pioneering tram-way for the transport of iron-ore from local mines, and loved carriage and horse-riding at speed. Her grandson, Richard Verney remembers that his grandmother ‘had certain notions of “progress,” and it was even whispered that she had hinted at, if not actually declared herself, in favour of ‘Woman Suffrage.’ It is probably thanks to her influence that Richard, an ultra Tory on most of the political and social issues of the day, was a fervent supporter of women’s suffrage and enthusiastically hosted suffragette rallies at Compton Verney.

It wasn’t easy to talk about Votes for Women in the nineteenth century. At the time Georgiana put her imitation books up in her room, others were producing misogynistic caricatures, such as the 1869 one featured on this page. ‘The age of brass, or the triumphs of woman’s rights’ was published by the American firm Currier and Ives, and creates an unpleasant satire on the perceived consequences of equal rights.

 

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