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Isabella Elder

Photograph courtesy of Anabel Marsh If you had to hazard a guess as to how many statues there were to women in the city of Glasgow, a city with a centuries-long history, a city co-founded by a woman St. Thenew, a city of some 2.3m people, what would it be? 100? 50? 10? In fact the answer is just [...]

Esther Lederberg

With thanks to the Esther M. Zimmer Lederberg memorial website. Esther Lederberg was an American microbiologist and a pioneer of bacterial genetics. In common with many female scientists, she hasn’t received the credit she deserved. As her colleague Stanley Falkow, who composed a eulogy on [...]

Mary Barbour

At the height of the First World War, thousands of women, engineering and shipyard workers descended on Glasgow Sheriff Court and the City Chambers to protest the fate of eighteen tenants who had been taken to court for non-payment of rent. The protest was led by a woman, Mary Barbour. How did this [...]

Emmeline Pankhurst

In 1999 Time Magazine named Emmeline Pankhurst as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, stating: “she shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back.” What better way to introduce her to We Are The [...]

Claudia Jones

Claudia Jones was born in Trinidad in 1915, emigrated as a child to America. There she became a political activist and after becoming a communist was deported and came to Britain. She then set up the first black newspaper, the West Indian Gazette, in 1958. She is also known for helping to set up [...]

Harriet Taylor Mill

Harriet Taylor Mill suffers the fate of many women, that of being overlooked in favour of her husband, in this case her husband the philosopher John Stuart Mill. Harriet was a philosopher in her own right and an early advocate for women’s rights. Harriet didn’t produce a substantial [...]
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