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Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I’m sure that you will have seen that quotation all over the internet. You may even have it in your room on one of those motivational posters. [...]

Hilda Matheson

During a recent tour of New Broadcasting House I saw a large freize of people who had been influencial in the early days of the BBC. Lord Reith of course but I was pleasantly surprised by the number of women featured. One, in particular stood out; Hilda Matheson. In 1927, Hilda Matheson became the [...]

Leonora Carrington

Reproduced with kind permission from Dr. Harold Gabriel Weisz Carrington. Estate of Leonora Carrington. Leonora Carrington was a British-born artist, surrealist painter and novelist. Leonora lived and worked in Mexico and was a founding member of the Women’s Liberation Movement in Mexico during [...]

Mary Slessor

Mary Slessor was a Scottish missionary to Nigeria, spreading Christianity, protecting native children and promoting women’s rights. A year after 219 girls were abducted by the Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram we celebrate Mary for her work with women and children in Nigeria over [...]

Gertrude Jekyll

Gertrude Jekyll was born in Mayfair, the fifth of seven children. Her father was a Captain in the Grenadier Guards. Her younger brother was a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson, who borrowed the family name for his book Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Her on circle of friends was wide and influential and [...]

Dorothy Lawrence

There are a number of women who have disguised themselves as men in order to serve as soldiers. It would be easy to think that this was a feature of early yeras and one which would be unheard of in a modern army however Dorothy Lawrence was an English reporter who secretly posed as a man to become [...]
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