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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

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    Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents! One of the most famous opening lines of any novel was penned by Louisa M Alcott at the start of the novel based upon [...]

Artists

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    Sarah Bernhardt was one of the most famous actresses of the 19th-century French stage. She had a theatrical career that spanned some 60 years. A career which earned her the [...]

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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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    Introduction by Hollie Weatherstone I first saw Keira Daley last August performing in her award-winning nerdy/funny/fact-packed cabaret tribute to some of history’s [...]

Adventurers

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    Flora Sandes was the only British woman officially to serve as a soldier in World War I. Initially [...]

Social reformers

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    The Red Virgin of Montmartre, The Grande Dame of Anarchy, The Red She Wolf what a fantastic way to [...]

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 [...]