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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

  • Aphra Behn by Mary Beale “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn which is, most scandalously but rather appropriately, in Westminster [...]

Artists

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    Margaret Tait was a pioneering filmmaker for whom words and images made the world real. In ‘documentary’, she wrote, real things ‘lose their reality and there’s no [...]

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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    In 1983, astronaut and astrophysicist Sally Ride became the first American woman in space, and still remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space, when she took [...]

Adventurers

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    Flora Sandes was the only British woman officially to serve as a soldier in World War I. Initially [...]

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

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

Politicians

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    Barbara Castle was the youngest of three children, born and brought up in Yorkshire. Barbara grew [...]

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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