Barbara Castle

Barbara Castle was the youngest of three children, born and brought up in Yorkshire. Barbara grew up in a politically active and socially aware home, and joined the Labour Party as a teenager.  Her sister was a pioneer of the Inner London Education Authority, her brother worked with Oxfam in [...]

Mary Ward

The wiki entry for Mary Ward starts “Mary Ward (nun)”. True, Mary was a nun, indeed she founded the Sisters of Loreto and is being recommended for sainthood, but she was not the kind of nun that stayed indoors praying for the world. Mary was a feminist activist who petitioned for [...]

Francesca Caccini

Francesca Caccini was an Italian Composer, singer, lute player, poet, and teacher of the early Baroque era. She was also known by the nickname “La Cecchina” The Song Bird. She is believed to have been a quick and prolific composer, equal in productivity to her colleagues Francesca was [...]

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 [...]
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