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Margaret Bulkley

Born around 1790, Margaret Ann Bulkley, known throughout her adult life as James Barry, was a military surgeon in the British Army. Details of Margaret’s early life are sketchy but it seems that she was born in Ireland and, due to the financial hardship the family suffered, travelled to by [...]

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. Wangari like so many of the women profiled in this series, was a woman ahead of her time. She was a founder of the Green Belt Movement. GBM was set up [...]

Maria Winkelmann

Maria Winkelmann was one of the most famous of the early female astronomers in Germany . Born in 1670, she was educated by her father,  who believed that she deserved an education equivalent to that given to young boys of the time, her uncle and from a nearby self-taught astronomer, Christopher [...]

Sarah Bernhardt

Sarah Bernhardt was one of the most famous actresses of the 19th-century French stage. She had a theatrical career that spanned some 60 years. A career which earned her the name earning the sobriquet “The Divine Sarah”. She was a fabulous self-publicist; probably the first to embrace [...]

Louise Michel

The Red Virgin of Montmartre, The Grande Dame of Anarchy, The Red She Wolf what a fantastic way to introduce French anarchist, school teacher and medical worker Louise Michel. Louise Michel was born the daughter of a serving-maid and son of the family who owned the chateau where her mother worked. [...]

Petra Kelly

With the Green Party here in the UK making such huge strides, overtaking both UKIP and the LibDems in terms of membership of the party, this is a good time to look at one of the women instrumental in bringing Green issues front and centre in European politics. Petra Kelly, who was born in Bavaria, [...]
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