Emily Faithfull was born at Headley, near Epsom, the daughter of a clergyman. She was a founding member of the Society for Promoting the Employment of Women in 1859 and then established a printing house in London that employed female staff, a rarity in those years. Faithfull was appointed as printer and publisher to Queen Victoria in 1862 and established the Victoria Magazine, which she edited until 1880. During this time she remained a firm advocate of suitable employment for women. She founded the weekly magazine Women and Work in 1865, and organized the Victorian Discussion Society, which provided a forum for women to voice their opinions on a variety of subjects. Faithfull made three lecture tours of the USA in the 1870s and wrote Three Visits to America (1884), which described both her visit and the comparable situations of American women, and the novel Change Upon Change (1868). In recognition of her services to literature, Faithfull received a life pension from Queen Victoria.