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  Elizabeth and Margery Fry Friday 21 December 2001  
Elizabeth Fry, the 'angel of the prisons', has become the second woman (after Florence Nightingale) to appear on British currency, taking up her position on the new five pound note next year.

Fry was a Quaker, who in 1813, made her first visit to Newgate Prison, and carried on reforming conditions for the male and female inmates until her death in 1845.
After the First World War, it was another Fry - Margery, who continued the fight for penal reform, and went on to form the Howard League. In the second of the Woman's Hour series about women who have made a difference, Sybil Oldfield, the author of Women Humanitarians, and Helen Rappaport, the author of the Encyclopaedia of Women Social Reformers, look back at the Frys and what drove them to try to improve Britain's prisons.
Encyclopaedia of Women Social Reformers (ABC-CLIO, ISBN: 1-57607-101-4)
Women Humanitarians, A Biographical Dictionary of British Women Active between 1900 and 1950 (Continuum, ISBN: 0 8264 4962 X).

Woman's Hour: Women Who Made a Difference Part 1
Sybil Oldfield's Website


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