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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

  • This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.
    Claudia Jones was born in Trinidad in 1915, emigrated as a child to America. There she became a political activist and after becoming a communist was deported and came to [...]

Artists

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    Georgia O’Keeffe, a pioneer of modern art, has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism. She is best known for her large-format paintings of enlarged [...]

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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    Have you heard of Mercury 13? No? I hadn’t until listening to a documentary on Radio 4 recently. Mercury 13 is the name given to the privately funded program, which [...]

Adventurers

Social reformers

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    The wiki entry for Mary Ward starts “Mary Ward (nun)”. True, Mary was a nun, indeed she [...]

Politicians

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

Humanitarians

  • Ravensbrück concentration camp was unusual in that it was built solely for women. During World War [...]