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Hildegard von Bingen

How is this for an introduction – Saint Hildegard of Bingen was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Quite a biography for someone who most of us have heard little about. Hildegard of Bingen was born in 1098, the century of [...]

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lammar, born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Austria, was considered by many as the most beautiful woman in the world, starring in countless films. Hedy grew up in Vienna and married millionaire Friz Mandl, an arms dealer and Nazi sympathizer. She shot to fame, aged just 18, with a bathing scene, [...]

Ada Lovelace

Introduction by Hollie Weatherstone I first saw Keira Daley last August performing in her award-winning nerdy/funny/fact-packed cabaret tribute to some of history’s greatest minds, from Marie Curie to Hedy Lamarr, via Ada Lovelace, and that woman who invented Liquid Paper. ‘LadyNerd’ is her [...]

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian and campaigner for women’s suffrage. Born into slavery, she escaped and subsequently undertook missions to rescue enslaved family and friends. When she was five or six years old, Harriet was hired her out as a nursemaid and [...]

Sophie Germain

Marie-Sophie Germain was a French mathematician, physicist and philosopher. She battled against the social prejudices of the era and a lack of formal training in order to become a celebrated mathematician. Her family was quite wealthy, her father was a middle class silk merchant and politician who [...]

Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh

When considering the “Glasgow Style” it is common to cite Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and it is true that his architectural works brighten Glasgow even today, but his wife Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh is one of the “marginalized wives” so common in a world more likely to see a woman [...]
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