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The second lecture in our ‘Arts of Leading’ series given by Professor Sarah Williams, Professor in the History of Christianity at Regent College, Vancouver. She speaks on the life and leadership of feminist philosopher and social activist, Josephine Butler (1828-1906).

From 1869 to 1885 feminist philosopher Josephine Butler brought the plight of the prostitute to the attention of Victorian society. She challenged contemporary sexual ethics and she renegotiated the place of women in the public sphere. But what motivated Butler’s critique of Victorian culture? This lecture explores the relationship between Butler’s personal life and her political participation, offering an important perspective on questions of character, gender, and leadership.

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