Elizabeth Fry's Accomplishments

Elizabeth Fry Portrait

Some of her most notable accomplishments:

  • She set up several schools and provided education to the prisoners of Newgate and their children
  • She founded the ‘Ladies’ Association for the reformation of the Female Prisoners in Newgate
  • She became a leader in the principles of prison management
  • She travelled and spoke widely and wrote on humanitarian issues
  • She campaigned, with some success, against capital punishment
  • She became the first woman to present evidence in parliament
  • She established a nightly shelter in London in 1820
  • She regularly visited the poor and sick and did what she could to improve the lives of those she met


Inspired by her work, several Elizabeth Fry Societies have been founded throughout Canada. We proudly bear the name of such an influential historic figure. 

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