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Lydia Ernestine Becker


Leading member of the women’s suffrage movement, botanist, and astronomer. Published Botany for novices (1864); awarded a Horticultural Society Gold Medal, 1865. Founder and president of the Manchester Ladies’ Literary Society, 1867. Secretary to the Manchester National Society for Women’s Suffrage from 1867. Member of the Manchester School Board, 1870. Editor of and regular contributor to the Women’s Suffrage Journal from 1870. Secretary to the London central committee of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage from 1881.


Blackburn 1902

Journal of Botany 3 (1865): 164

Macmillan dictionary of women’s biography



Blackburn, Helen. 1902. Women’s suffrage: a record of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the British Isles with biographical sketches of Miss Becker. London: Williams & Norgate.

Macmillan dictionary of women’s biography: The Macmillan dictionary of women’s biography. 2d edition. Compiled and edited by Jennifer Uglow, assisted (1st edition) by Frances Hinton. London and Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan Press. 1989.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.