Charlotte Stoker

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Charlotte Stoker age 35

Charlotte Matilda Blake Stoker (1818–1901) Irish housewife, storyteller, charity volunteer, and feminist. Mother. teacher and inspiration to Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.


  • England is known to provide so freely for the education of the poor of every other class without distinction of creed. Why should the deaf and dumb be the exception? Why should not a privilege be granted to the speechless poor which is so liberally bestowed on all others?
  • Any measure calculated to encourage virtue and subdue vice must be the wisest and best policy of a nation. In new countries there is a dignity in labour and a self-supporting woman is alike respected and respectable. Why should the door of hope be closed on those poor women, and why refuse them the means of attaining that independence in other countries which they are debarred from in this?
    • Barbara Belford (1996) (in en). Bram Stoker: a biography of the author of Dracula. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 27. Wikidata Q114769307. ISBN 0-679-41832-6. OCLC 1148011051. 
    • Speaking to the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society in Ireland at the meeting after 1863-05 urging that there was need to educate woman who had become destitute and needed to go to the workhouse without money to emigrate needed skills to enable them to emigrate. This was in the context of famines and mass emigrations from Ireland.


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