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Marion Kirkland Reid

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Marion Kirkland Reid
BornMarion Kirkland
25 March 1815
Died9 March 1902
Shepherd's Bush, London
Known forInfluential Scottish feminist writer
Notable workA Plea for Woman (1843) Woman, her Education and Influence
Spouse(s)Hugo Reid
  • James Kirkland (father)
  • Janet Finlay (mother)

Marion Kirkland Reid (1815-1902)[1] was an influential Scottish feminist writer, notable for her A Plea for Woman (1843)[2] which was published in the United States in 1847, 1848, 1851, and 1852 as Woman, her Education and Influence.[3] She was a member of the Ladies National Association for the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts.


Her father, James Kirkland, was a merchant in Glasgow.[3] Her mother was called Janet Finlay.

Kirkland married Hugo Reid in 1839.[3] Reid was a progressive educationalist from Edinburgh. After Hugo died in 1872, she lived with her only daughter in Hammersmith.

During an event in London during the month of June 1840, Kirkland witnessed some American woman delegates were unable to take part in the World Anti-Slavery Convention. There was a large debate after which Kirkland met the leader of the American woman delegates, Lucretia Mott. This event inspired Kirkland's book A Plea for Women, written in 1843. A Plea for Women is most likely the first work in Britain or the USA that gave importance to gaining both civil and political rights for women. The book was especially significant in the early years of the women's suffrage movement in the USA.[4]

Both Marion Reid and Mary Wollstonecraft pointed out that the democratic laws of the French Revolution had still not been enforced on half of the world's population.


  1. ^ Marion Read at the Orlando Project, Cambridge University Press
  2. ^ Reid, Marion Kirkland. A plea for woman: being a vindication of the importance and extent of her natural sphere of action. Edinburgh. 1843. (Polygon, Edinburgh 1988 ISBN 0-948275-56-1)
  3. ^ a b c "Marion Kirkland Reid". Sunshine for Women. February 2003. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  4. ^ The biographical dictionary of Scottish women : from the earliest times to 2004. Ewan, Elizabeth., Innes, Sue., Reynolds, Sian. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2006. ISBN 9780748626601. OCLC 367680960.
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