Helen Bosanquet

Helen Bosanquet

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

She is most recognizably known as one of the leaders of the Charity Organisation Society in Britain. She was also the wife of philosopher Bernard Bosanquet.[2]

She was a major influence on the Majority report (Poor Law), which was published in 1909, which was one of two documents that arose out of the Royal Commission on the Poor Laws and Relief of Distress 1905-09. The other report being the Minority report (Poor Law).

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

Early life

Helen Bosanquet was the daughter of the Reverend John Dendy and obtained first class honours in the Moral Sciences Tripos at Newnham College, Cambridge


  • 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).