We are the 51

Elizabeth Gaskell

I don’t watch period, costume drama on the TV, even when they feature the wonderful Dame Judi Dench, so while I have heard of Cranford,  a mini series set in the early 1840s in the fictional village of Cranford in Cheshire, I haven’t seen it. And writing the novella upon which is [...]

Elsie Maud Inglis

I just happened to have a £50 note in my hand the other day. It was a Clydesdale Bank issue and because women on bank notes has been in the news in recent times I took particular note and was surprised to find that it is a women – and a redoubtable one at that. Elsie Maud Inglis was born in [...]

Isabella Bird

Isabella Bird, was one of the 19th century’s most remarkable women travellers and the first woman to be elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In her youth Isabella suffered from poor health and had an operation to remove a tumor from her spine. The operation was only partially [...]

Martha Gellhorn

Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway with General Yu With attacks on journalists making the news today it is fitting that We Are The 51 looks at one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. Martha Gellhorn was an American novelist, crime writer, travel writer, and journalist and one [...]

Hannah Höch

Hannah with Til Brugman Hannah Hoch, a fate not unknown to women artists where even if artists themselves are more often acknowledged as mere muses, models and tea-makers, has been overshadowed by her male counterparts and all but forgotten. But Hannah Hoch helped to change the course of art. [...]

Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Millicent Garrett Fawcett was a British suffragist, an intellectual, a political leader, a Union leader, a mother, a wife and a writer. As a suffragist she was a moderate but tireless campaigner and concentrated much of her energy on the struggle to improve women’s opportunities for higher [...]
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