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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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    Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents! One of the most famous opening lines of any novel was penned by Louisa M Alcott at the start of the novel based upon [...]

Artists

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    Hannah with Til Brugman Hannah Hoch, a fate not unknown to women artists where even if artists themselves are more often acknowledged as mere muses, models and tea-makers, [...]

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 [...]

Scientists

  • …. AND THE ENIAC PROGRAMMERS As part of a secret World War Two project, six young women programmed the first all-electronic programmable computer, ENIAC, Electronic [...]

Adventurers

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    There are a number of women who have disguised themselves as men in order to serve as soldiers. It [...]

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

  • Public domain logo This UK artistic work, of which the author is unknown and cannot be ascertained by reasonable enquiry, is in the public domain because it is one of the following: A photograph, which has never previously been made available to the public (e.g. by publication or display at an exhibition) and which was taken before 1st January 1945; or A photograph, which was made available to the public (e.g. by publication or display at an exhibition) before 1 January 1945; or An artistic work other than a photograph (e.g. a painting), which was made available to the public (e.g. by publication or display at an exhibition) before 1 January 1945.
    Eleanor Rathbone is a perfect example of why we need the We Are The 51 campaign to celebrate the [...]

Politicians

  • Margaret Bondfield was a Labour politician, trades unionist and women’s rights activist who [...]

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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