The Bill resulted from a petition organised by Barbara Leigh Smith in 1856 and which had gained the support of many women active in public life, notably Mrs Gaskell, Jane Loudon and Mary Howitt. The bill was lost as a result of the general election in 1857 and the successful passage of the Divorce Reform Act. It formed the basis of the bill which was presented to parliament in April 1868 and which reached the statue book in August 1870.
Editors. "Bill to Amend the Law on Married Women’s Property". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 January 2010
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