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Octavia Hill

OCTAVIA HILL In these times of food banks, recession and poverty, and with concerns about how to address our changing, even broken, society,  it is fitting to consider the life of social reformer, Octavia Hill. Octavia Hill, who was born in 1838, dedicated her life to the welfare of those who [...]

Edith Wharton

EDITH WHARTON Edith Wharton was born into a wealthy and distinguished family; on both sides her family was old-money New York business aristocracy.  Her maiden name was Jones and it is said that the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses” referred to those wanting to emulate her family in [...]

Hannah Arendt

HANNAH ARENDT Hannah Arendt was a German-born political theorist. An assimilated Jew, she escaped Europe during the Holocaust and became an American citizen. Her works deal with the nature of power, and the subjects of politics, direct democracy, authority, and totalitarianism. Although Hannah is [...]

Nettie Stevens

NETTIE STEVENS Everyone who studies genetics at school hears of Gregor Mendel and Watson and Crick. Nettie Stevens was an early American geneticist and deserves wider recognition for her work to describe the chromosomal basis of sex. By careful observation of insect chromosomes she discovered that, [...]

Ida B Wells

IDA B WELLS Rosa Parks,  “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”, is rightly famed for her role in bringing about racial equality in the United States,  but  71 years early Ida B Wells made her mark. Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was a [...]