The grave of Emilia Jessie Boucherett, women’s rights campaigner, writer and editor who was born at North Willingham Hall in 1825.
Jessie was inspired in her life’s activities by reading the English Woman’s Journal and an article about the many ‘superfluous’ women in England’s population.
In 1859 she helped found the Society for Promoting the Employment of Women. With others she began in 1865 to campaign for votes for women. She also supported the Married Women’s Property Act.
In 1866 she founded the Englishwomen’s Review which she edited until 1870, when she co-founded the Women’s Suffrage Journal.
Jean Howard, September 2020