Frances Power Cobbe


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Frances Power Cobbe (4 December 1822 – 5 April 1904) was an Irish writer, social reformer, anti-vivisection activist, and leading suffragette. She founded a number of animal advocacy groups, including the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) in 1875, and the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) in 1898, and was a member of the executive council of the London National Society ... more »

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  • ''[Women's] duty is nothing else than the fulfilment [sic] of the whole moral law, the attainment of every human virtue.''
    Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), U.S. author and feminist. The Duties of Women, lecture 1 (1882).
  • ''Ours is the old, old story of every uprising race or class or order. The work of elevation must be wrought by ourselves or not at all.''
    Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), U.S. author and feminist. The Duties of Women, Preface (1882).
  • ''My great panacea for making society at once better and more enjoyable would be to cultivate greater sincerity.''
    Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), U.S. author and feminist. The Duties of Women, lecture 5 (1882).
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