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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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    Introduction: When I first started to read I read voraciously. I took up residence in the local library and sat on my bedroom windowsill so that I could read into the early [...]

Artists

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    Margaret Tait was a pioneering filmmaker for whom words and images made the world real. In ‘documentary’, she wrote, real things ‘lose their reality and there’s no [...]

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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    A 100 years before Lawrence of Arabia, Lady Hester Stanhope abandoned her aristocratic British life [...]

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

Politicians

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    Barbara Castle was the youngest of three children, born and brought up in Yorkshire. Barbara grew [...]

Humanitarians

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

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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