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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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    Georgia O’Keeffe, a pioneer of modern art, has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism. She is best known for her large-format paintings of enlarged [...]

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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    Mary Fairfax Somerville was a Scottish scientist, mathematician, writer and polymath dubbed the Queen of Nineteenth Century Science. How’s that for an introduction! [...]

Adventurers

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    Zenobia was a 3rd-century Queen of the Palmyra who led a revolt against the Roman Empire. She [...]

Social reformers

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    Ada Salter’s ideas and activism transformed social and economic conditions in south-east London, [...]

Politicians

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    Victoria Woodhull was an advocate of free love. Not the 1960’s version of Californian beaches [...]

Humanitarians

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