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Butler House is named after Josephine Elizabeth Butler (née Grey; 13 April 1828 - 30 December 1906), an English feminist and social reformer in the Victorian era. She campaigned for women's suffrage, the right of women to better education, the end of coverture in British law, the abolition of child prostitution, and an end to human trafficking of young women and children. Butler’s campaigning resulted in the age of consent being raised from 13 to 16, and she also campaigned successfully to end coverture. This was the system whereby all the rights of women and girls were over-ruled by the rights of men. Thanks to Butler’s work, women became equal to men in the eyes of the law.