’s son Charles Vickery Drysdale in 1898. Bessie and
Charles Vickery quickly assumed a central role in the Malthusian League.
Their leadership amplified an already existing current of eugenicist
thought, and they argued that physicallyunfit individuals should be
discouraged from reproducing. 138
The new couple combined birth control advocacy with support for a wide range
of women’s rights: Bessie served time in Holloway Prison