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Rachel Carson

In a week which has seen a jury in California award more than $2bn to a couple who said the weedkiller Roundup was responsible for their cancer, it seems appropriate to feature Rachel Carson. In truth, I can’t understand why we haven’t featured her before. Rachel Carson studied the [...]

Artemisia Gentileschi

In 2017 Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria’ was discovered in France. In 2018 the portrait was acquired by The National Gallery and, in a very unusual development they decided that, rather than hang in the London gallery, the portrait would go [...]

Irena Szewinska

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. Usain Bolt is, rightly, celebrated for his domination of mens 100m and 200m. Irena Szewinska dominated at 100, 200 and 400m [...]

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 century the remarkable Madge Syers realised that the International Skating Union’s rules did not specify the gender of [...]

Sylvia Gore

Sylvia Gore, the “Denis Law of Women’s Football” has died aged 69, from cancer. Sylvia was a pioneer of the women’s game, once scored 134 goals in a single season and scored the first ever goal scored by the England Women’s team in a 3-2 victory over Scotland. Sylvia [...]

Wilma Rudolph

In Rome, 1960, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games. Wilma’s early life did not hint at the life to come as the fastest female athlete on earth. She was born the 20th of her father’s 22 children across [...]
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