The Dame of the Dane
Dame of the Dane is the incredible story of Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, a great women’s rights activist who despite much turmoil in her personal life never wavered from her mission to gain greater gender equality in Victorian England. More
In Victorian England, women have been disenfranchised, considered unworthy of educating and once married are the property of their husbands as are their children. Unhappy with such blatant gender inequality, Elizabeth Wolstenholme campaigned successfully for over 50 years to remedy this situation. Fraught with disappointments, setbacks and betrayals this is the incredible story of a great women’s rights activist who despite much turmoil in her personal life never wavered from her mission to gain greater gender equality.
Orphaned at 12, Elizabeth Wolstenholme was put into the guardianship of her God-fearing Uncle, rejecting his traditional plans for her future, she established her own by becoming a teacher and setting up a Girls’ School. Whilst campaigning for better standards of education for girls, Elizabeth meets Emily Davies who introduces Elizabeth to the London activism networks. Forging campaigning groups in the North of England, Elizabeth abandons teaching and accepts a paid role to lobby Parliament over women’s rights. Falling in love with Ben Elmy, Elizabeth risks all by entering a ‘free love’ union with this radical secularist.