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 (bĕz′ənt), Annie Wood 1847-1933.
British reformer noted for her vigorous support for socialism, women's rights, birth control, and trade unionism. Through her involvement with the Theosophical Society, she became interested in the cause of Indian independence and moved to India, where she founded the Home Rule League (1916) and served as president of the Indian National Congress (1917).
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(ˈbɛzənt; bɪˈzænt)
(Biography) Annie, née Wood. 1847–1933, British theosophist, writer, and political reformer in England and India
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(ˈbɛz ənt)

Annie (Wood), 1847–1933, English theosophist and political activist.
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At Stony Island Arts Bank, Christov-Bakargiev gave the contemporary viewer a second chance to consider the thought form, through the life and work of one of its greatest proponents, the English feminist and theosophist Annie Besant. According to theosophy, a thought form is a concentration of invisible, vibrating energy generated by a thinker on the mental, astral (emotional), or Buddhic (spiritual) plane, but it can only be glimpsed as an embodied entity when its generator is in a state of heightened awareness.
Mytheli Sreenivas's "Birth Control in the Shadow of Empire: The Trials of Annie Besant, 1877-1878" visits the contradictory history of institutions of reproduction control.
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