Elizabeth Fry was born this day 1780. If you live in the UK, she’s a familiar face. If not, you should make her soon a familiar face; she’s an example to all socially-engaged folk.

Fry is on the five pound note. She’s the Abe Lincoln of Britain (?!)

Fry knew about compassion before it was even in vogue. If she was kicking it today, she’d kick Jolie into touch. A one-woman hurricane of compassion; the “angel of prisons”; proper girl power; the matriarch, take a bow, Elizabeth Fry.

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