Emily Faithfull

In the annals of neglected pioneers in women's journalism, no name deserves more investigation than that of Emily Faithfull. She was born in her father's parsonage at Headley Rectory near Epsom on 27 May 1835, and came to London in 1858 to assist the indefatigable Bessie Parkes in the publishing of the English Women's Journal. At the outset Emily Faithfull worked quietly enough at 19 Langham Place under the leadership of Bessie Parkes, but by 1860 she had become enough of a power in her own right to deliver a paper at the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science in which she describes Bessie Parkes' dream of establishing a publishing center, organized and run solely by women. The success of this dream in the Victoria Press rested primarily on Emily Faithfull's dominating personality. She had an awesome presence, toughness of spirit, and supreme self-confidence. [116]


Westwater, Martha. The Wilson Sisters: A Biographical Study of Upper Middle-Class Victorian Life. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1984. [The photograph appears on p. 118.]

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