Helen Taylor


Helen Taylor born Kent Terrace, London, England July 27, 1831 (d. 1907). Pioneering British suffragist, feminist, radical social reformer, and actress. Anti-imperialist and democratic socialist. Stepdaughter of John Stuart Mill. As the first woman candidate for Parliament, campaigned on platform of women’s rights, war prevention, and wage raises, 1885. Publicly opposed coercion in Ireland. Active leader of Women’s Peace & Arbitration Association.


The impotence of mere force. . . as compared with the slower but more thorough conquests of moral persuasion.” (1881 meeting, Women’s Peace & Arbitration Association; photo Spartacus-educational.com)