From 1827-1890, Lydia Becker pushed the boundaries that had been set upon women for years. During which time she made multiple remarkable achievements from writing books to becoming the secretary of the Manchester National Society for women. Her work involving the women’s suffrage movement helped established an enduring future and helped women earn the right to vote.
Her early life consisted of her fifteen siblings and parents, Hannibal and Mary Becker. They lived in Foxdenton Hall, Middleton, England where after the death of her mother in 1855 Lydia took on the responsibility of raising her younger siblings. Growing up Lydia was educated at home, but grew a fascination of plants and astronomy resulting in the creation of her books such as Botany for Novices and Stargazing for Novices. She would never lose her touch with those interests, but began to step forward into the world of the Women's Suffrage as her main focus.
As stated earlier, Lydia had a large correlation to the women's suffrage movement. It all began in 1866 when she heard Barbara Bodichon giving a lecture on women's suffrage. Henceforth, it compelled Lydia to write an article for The Contemporary Review magazine; Female Suffrage. In January of 1867 she proceeded to team up with Elizabeth Woltsenholme forming The Manchester Women's Suffrage Committee, making 10,000 copies of her article to spread the word. Overseeing it all, she then became treasurer of the Married Women's Property Committee in 1868, then, was elected to the Manchester School Board in 1870. She used this job as an opportunity to inform every female, young and old, on the boundaries society had set for us and on what could be done to change them. This led her to found the Women’s Suffrage Journal allowing her to encourage women to begin speaking and setting up public speaking areas for them.