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Barbara Castle

Barbara Castle was the youngest of three children, born and brought up in Yorkshire. Barbara grew up in a politically active and socially aware home, and joined the Labour [...]

Writers

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    I don’t watch period, costume drama on the TV, even when they feature the wonderful Dame Judi Dench, so while I have heard of Cranford,  a mini series set in the early [...]

Artists

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    Hannah with Til Brugman Hannah Hoch, a fate not unknown to women artists where even if artists themselves are more often acknowledged as mere muses, models and tea-makers, [...]

Editors Choice

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    Beryl Burton was an English cyclist who won more than 90 domestic championships and seven world titles. On 17 September 1967, at the UK National Time Trial, Beryl rode a staggering 277.25 miles in 12 hours around the lanes of Yorkshire. This was a world record for both men and women! It was two [...]

Scientists

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    Maria Winkelmann was one of the most famous of the early female astronomers in Germany . Born in 1670, she was educated by her father,  who believed that she deserved an [...]

Adventurers

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    Jane Digby was an English aristocrat who lived a wild and scandalous life with four husbands, many [...]

Suffragists

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    Image of Suffragette; Not Fanny Parker Frances “Fanny” Parker was a British suffragette who became a prominent militant. She was born and brought up in New [...]

Social reformers

  • At the height of the First World War, thousands of women, engineering and shipyard workers [...]

Politicians

  • At the height of the First World War, thousands of women, engineering and shipyard workers [...]

Humanitarians

  • Mary Slessor was a Scottish missionary to Nigeria, spreading Christianity, protecting native [...]

Philosphers

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    Simone Weil was a French philosopher, mystic and political activist. Her writing emphasized sacrifice and martyrdom through an ascetic lifestyle, a lifestyle which led to her [...]

Musicians

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    Francesca Caccini was an Italian Composer, singer, lute player, poet, and teacher of the early Baroque era. She was also known by the nickname “La Cecchina” The [...]

Athletes

  • When I was growing up in the 1970’s Irena Szewinska was making history. She was setting records in athletics which, had she been a man, we would still be lauding today. [...]

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