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Lady Elizabeth Cooke Hoby Russell was an early modern English noblewoman who was able to be influential in government policy and social movements in a way that many other women of the time were not. Elizabeth was able to wield more influence in her community than most women of her time for two main reasons: she was well- educated and she had powerful family connection with the elite of English society. With these advantages at her disposal, Elizabeth was able to follow the example of her namesake the Queen to effect change in the political arena, the religious arena, and her own life.

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