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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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    Gertrude Jekyll was born in Mayfair, the fifth of seven children. Her father was a Captain in the Grenadier Guards. Her younger brother was a friend of Robert Louis [...]

Artists

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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

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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

Social reformers

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    ELIZABETH FRY Known now as the woman who’s removal from banknotes sparked a furore but who [...]

Politicians

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Humanitarians

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