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May 11, 2023

Josephine Butler was a social reformer, women's rights activist, and an abolitionist. Her tireless efforts to advocate for the rights of women and marginalized communities have left a lasting impact on society.

It was during her time as a mother that Josephine became acutely aware of the lack of reproductive rights and health care for women. She became a passionate advocate for women's rights, fighting against the Contagious Diseases Acts which allowed for the forced medical examination of women suspected of prostitution.

She was a fierce abolitionist and worked to combat child prostitution. Her work was instrumental in the passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885, which raised the age of consent from 13 to 16 and helped to protect young girls from exploitation.

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