21 March 1831|
|Died||9 November 1906(aged 75)|
|Known for||founder of St Hilda's College, Oxford|
Miss Beale was appointed headmistress of the Clergy Daughters' School in Lancashire in 1857, but soon moved on to become Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College, a post which she held until her death. In 1885, she founded a new institution, St Hilda's College, Cheltenham - a teachers' training college. In 1893, she founded St Hilda's Hall at Oxford, later St Hilda's College, Oxford. She was an active supporter of the suffragette movement. In 1865, she was one of the co-founders of the Kensington Society, a discussion group that became the London Society for Women's Suffrage.
In October 1901, she received the honorary freedom of the Borough of Cheltenham for her work with the ladies′ college, and the following year she received an honorary doctorate (LL.D.) from the University of Edinburgh.
Her name is associated with that of Frances Buss in a satirical rhyme:
- Miss Buss and Miss Beale,
- Cupid's darts do not feel.
- How different from us,
- Miss Beale and Miss Buss.
The lines refer to their unmarried state and their dedication to the cause of women's education.