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Lottie Dod

Charlotte Dod, known as Lottie was born in 1871 and lived until 1960. Amazingly she won the Ladies Singles Championship five times at Wimbledon and was the youngest woman ever to win the trophy. However it was not just in tennis that Lottie excelled. In fact she was the sports polymath of her day; [...]

Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn by Mary Beale “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn which is, most scandalously but rather appropriately, in Westminster Abbey, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.” So wrote Virginia Woolf in A Room of One’s [...]

Margaret Cavendish

“Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland”, Also know as Margaret Harley, Oil on canvas portrait, painted by Christian Friedrich Zincke, 1738. Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was born in Essex in 1623, the youngest of eight children. Although not titled, her [...]

Sarah Kemble Knight

Sarah Kemble Knight was born in 1666 in Boston. She is remembered in particular for her five month journey from Boston to New Haven in Connecticut in 1704. She did the journey on horseback, something unknown for a woman at that time, to “settle the estate of her cousin”, on behalf of his widow. [...]

Fanny Hensel

You have probably not heard of Fanny Hensel. If we call her by her maiden name, Mendelssohn, then maybe there is a clue to her talents. If we consider the words of her father “the only calling which befits a woman is that of a housewife”, then we may get a clue to why she is not better known. [...]
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