In 1895, a then-known writer and journalist published an article in the Lady’s Pictorial in which she claimed that “most women of to-day prefer to disburse for their own expenses, experiencing at once a thrillingly new sensation, and asserting by this simple means the economic independence of the sex” (Dixon, Lady’s Pictorial 969). The writer was Ella Hepworth Dixon, and, by the time this article appeared in the June 1895 issue, Dixon had already published two successful novels, in which she expressed multiple perspectives on gender and the patriarchal structure. Such debates were pertinent to the New Woman’s arrival onto late Victorian political, social and literary scene, with Dixon then …

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Citation: Zarif, Mariam. "Ella Hepworth Dixon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 October 2019 [, accessed 30 March 2023.]

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