October 1, 1847 -Â British women’s rights activist Annie Besant is born Annie Wood in London. She married young but soon separated from her clergyman husband, becoming a prominent lecturer for the National Secular Society, advocating for women’s rights and socialist causes. In later life she drifted away from secularism and toward theosophy and eventually Hinduism. She died in British India in 1933, aged 85.
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