The suffragettes’ fight for equal voting rights was a formidable struggle, but – as women’s magazine Libertine reveals – in the Georgian era, the situation for women was an entirely different story.james gillray image

We’ve been celebrating the suffragette centenary – but at this remove, it’s easy to overlook the fact that their rebellion came after only a century’s erosion of women’s position in public and mercantile life. Only a hundred years before these doughty refuseniks were forced onto the streets, women enjoyed relative economic freedom. Read more: Libertine.