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Madge Syers

We are now used to there being male and female versions of many sports; women’s football, women’s athletics and so forth. But in the very early part of the 20th [...]

Writers

  • During a recent tour of New Broadcasting House I saw a large freize of people who had been influencial in the early days of the BBC. Lord Reith of course but I was pleasantly [...]

Artists

  • Kate Charlesworth When asked about the shortage of female cartoonists Merrily Harper, freelance cartoonist and writer, said “Being funny is quite a male activity … [...]

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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    Mary Fairfax Somerville was a Scottish scientist, mathematician, writer and polymath dubbed the Queen of Nineteenth Century Science. How’s that for an introduction! [...]

Adventurers

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    Born around 1790, Margaret Ann Bulkley, known throughout her adult life as James Barry, was a [...]

Social reformers

  • IDA B WELLS Rosa Parks,  “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the [...]

Politicians

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    Victoria Woodhull was an advocate of free love. Not the 1960’s version of Californian beaches [...]

Humanitarians

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    Dolores Ibárruri — known as “La Pasionaria”, one of just three women celebrated on [...]