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Lunchtime Lecture – Elizabeth the Feisty Feminist

by The Leeds Library


On the last Friday of the month, the Leeds Library Lunchtime Lecture Series is an opportunity for you to hear from notable people of Leeds. Those who have played or are continuing to play a significant part in making Leeds the great city it is today, talking about the issues and subjects in which they are expert.  

Perfect for inquisitive minds, these lectures are a great way to do something different with your lunchbreak, and learn more about Leeds people, their specialisms and enthusiasms. Lectures will last for 45 minutes with 15 minutes at the end for questions and open discussion. You can also eat your lunch while you listen! 

In this month’s lecture, join author and women’s rights champion Mary Holmes as she talks to us about her new book – Elizabeth: The Feisty Feminist… 

When it came to early women’s rights and fighting for the vote, Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy led the way. At the time of her birth in North Manchester in 1833, fifty percent of the population had no legal rights and belonged to their fathers and husbands. British women were powerless, and domestic violence was legally acceptable. 

Growing up in a family committed to ‘radical’ politics, and attending school at Fulneck near Leeds, Elizabeth went on to dedicate her life to campaigning for equal rights for women, particularly in education, marriage and politics. A founder of the Suffragist movement, she demonstrated shoulder to shoulder with the Pankhursts. 

This event will be followed by a book signing with the author, with the opportunity to purchase Elizabeth: The Feisty Feminist. 


A note about accessibility – Unfortunately, our Grade II* listed building is not currently fully accessible. We have a stair lift from the ground floor foyer to the first floor but are unable to install a through-floor lift due to the building’s historic status. Please email us on enquiries@theleedslibrary.org.uk if you have any questions around access, and we will do everything that we can to accommodate you.  

The Leeds Library is committed to making its building and collections accessible to everyone in our current capital building works project The Next Chapter Project. To find out more, please visit the website HERE. 

Date and Time

Fri, February 24, 2023

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm


The Leeds Library

18 Commercial Street
Leeds, England LS1 6AL United Kingdom

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