My husband was a dud lawyer
While I was a successful author
The law let him take my earnings
So I ran up bills
Telling creditors they could sue him
If they wanted their money
He took our children
The law was on his side
They were his legal property
I campaigned to change this
Wrote to Queen Victoria
The law changed to allow divorced women
custody of children under seven
I was free of him when he died
Hope other women don’t have to
Wait that long.
Here’s the previous one in my series on famous women.
I came across Caroline Norton in the Beyond the Ballot MOOC.