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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 [...]


  • Portrait of w:en:Gertrude Stein by w:en:Carl Van Vechten; public domain as part of the Creative Americans Collection donated to the Library of Congress.
    Gertrude Stein was an American author best known for her modernist writings, extensive art collection and for the literary salon she hosted in 1920s Paris. Gertrude was born, [...]


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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 [...]

Editors Choice

  • This is an image from the Nationaal Archief, the Dutch National Archives, and Spaarnestad Photo, donated in the context of a partnership program.
    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 [...]


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    I remember hearing about something called the Aquatic Ape Theory, a hypothesis that suggests that our ancestors went through an aquatic phase proposed initially by Alister [...]


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    Isabella Bird, was one of the 19th century’s most remarkable women travellers and the first [...]

Social reformers

  • In 1999 Time Magazine named Emmeline Pankhurst as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th [...]


  • At the height of the First World War, thousands of women, engineering and shipyard workers [...]


  • Mary Slessor was a Scottish missionary to Nigeria, spreading Christianity, protecting native [...]