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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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    Anna Akhmatova was a Russian modernist poet and one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon. Besides poetry, she wrote memoirs, autobiographical pieces and [...]

Artists

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    Mary Beale was a prolific, successful portrait painter but her name is little known outside experts in 17th Century English painting. As such, Mary is perfect for celebration [...]

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

  • Florence Nightingale may seem like a strange choice to start a series about women who deserve greater recognition, but Florence Nightingale pretty much sums up the dilemma [...]

Adventurers

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    Gertrude Bell was an archaeologist, a linguist and the greatest woman mountaineer of her age, and [...]

Social reformers

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    Beatrice Webb was an English social and leading Fabian socialist who, in partnership with her [...]

Politicians

  • Margaret Bondfield was a Labour politician, trades unionist and women’s rights activist who [...]

Humanitarians

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