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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

  • 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

  • Reproduced with kind permission from Dr. Harold Gabriel Weisz Carrington. Estate of Leonora Carrington. Leonora Carrington was a British-born artist, surrealist painter and [...]

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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    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 [...]

Adventurers

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

  • With some states in America making it much harder for women to get an abortion, allowing women this [...]

Politicians

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

Humanitarians

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    When I think of St Hilda, which admittedly isn’t often, it is as the Oxford College which [...]

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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