The oldest New Woman and her incorrigible Welsh friend

Frances and Mary. Photo Clare Bear

Frances and Mary. Photo Clare Bear

With Helen Sandler & Jane Hoy

We wind up Saturday afternoon with a theatre piece ”Frances Power Cobbe and Mary Charlotte Lloyd in conversation. Frances Power Cobbe (b.1822) an Irish feminist and political activist, and Mary Lloyd (b1819), a Welsh artist, were partners for 35 years.

They met in Rome, Italy, lived and campaigned together in London and ended their years in Dolgellau, Wales, where they are buried together in Llanelltyd churchyard. From the mid c19th both women were leading lights in campaigns for women’s rights and animal rights.

They  campaigned for votes for women and Frances  was instrumental in changing the law on ‘wife torture’ (women experiencing domestic violence).

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