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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 Party as a teenager.  Her sister was a pioneer of the Inner London Education Authority, her brother worked with Oxfam in [...]

Stella Browne

With some states in America making it much harder for women to get an abortion, allowing women this right only in extreme circumstances, it is a good time to look at the life of an early activist for women’s right to choose. Stella Browne was a Canadian-born British feminist and social [...]

Nan Winton

“In the early 1970’s the presentation editor of BBC Radio 4 wrote to his bosses in an internal memo that, ‘If a woman could read the news as well as a man there would be nothing to stop her doing it but a news announcer needs to have authority, consistency and reliability. Women [...]

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 [...]
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