Nan Winton

“In the early 1970’s the presentation editor of BBC Radio 4 wrote to his bosses in an internal memo that, ‘If a woman could read the news as well as a man there would be nothing to stop her doing it but a news announcer needs to have authority, consistency and reliability. Women [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova was a Russian modernist poet and one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon. Besides poetry, she wrote memoirs, autobiographical pieces and literary criticism. Born into an upper-class family in Odessa and brought up in a glamorous suburb of St. Petersburg, Anna was the [...]

Louisa M. Alcott

Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents! One of the most famous opening lines of any novel was penned by Louisa M Alcott at the start of the novel based upon her own childhood, Little Women. Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832, in Pennsylvania. She was taught by her father, a [...]
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