Caroline Norton

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

Famous Women

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.

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