This chapter examines the contribution of Josephine Butler to the feminist movement in Victorian England. While Butler was granted heroic status by Victorian reformers and her greater powers of persuasion and leadership were widely recognized, there is doubt about her feminism. Some historians have suggested that Butler's feminist concern can be seen in her involvement in the Contagious Disease agitation and her broader analysis of the oppression of women. This chapter clarifies the precise nature of Butler's feminism and her place in the 19th century women's movement.
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