Helen Bosanquet

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Helen Bosanquet, née Dendy (10 February 1860 – 7 April 1926)[1] was an English social theorist and social reformer.


Helen Bosanquet was the daughter of the Reverend John Dendy and his wife Sarah Beard (1831–1922), eldest daughter of John Relly Beard. Her sister was Mary Dendy and her brother was the biologist Arthur Dendy (1865–1925). She obtained first class honours in the Moral Sciences Tripos at Newnham College, Cambridge. She was married to the philosopher Bernard Bosanquet.[2]

She is best known as one of the leaders of the Charity Organization Society in Britain.[2]

Bosanquet was a major influence on the Majority report (Poor Law), which was published in 1909, which arose out of the Royal Commission on the Poor Laws and Relief of Distress 1905-09.

Her influential English translation of Christoph von Sigwart's Logic appeared in 1895.


  • Helen Bosanquet, "The Name and the House,” The Family. London: MacMillan, 1906.
  • Aspects of the Social Problem (1895)
  • Rich and Poor (1896)
  • The Standard of Life and Other Studies (1898)
  • The Strength of the People (1902)
  • The Poor Law Report of 1909 : A Summary Explaining the Defects of the Present System and the Principal Recommendations of the Commission, so far as Relates to England and Wales (1909)
  • Bernard Bosanquet : A Short Account of His Life (1924)


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