Society – Lady Eve Balfour

Society Lady Eve Balfour Lady Eve Balfour (Evelyn Barbara Balfour; 1899-1990) was a British farmer, educator, organic farming pioneer, and a founding figure in the organic movement. She was one of the first women to study agriculture at a UK university, graduating from the University of Reading. She began farming in 1920, in Haughley Green,Continue reading “Society – Lady Eve Balfour”

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Society – Kadambini Ganguly

Society Kadambini Ganguly 1861 – 3 October 1923 Kadambini Ganguly was one of the first female graduates of the British Empire and the first female physician of South Asia to be trained in European medicine. Early life The daughter of Brahmo reformer Braja Kishore Basu, she was born at Bhagalpur, Bihar in British India. TheContinue reading “Society – Kadambini Ganguly”

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Society – Frances Power Cobbe

Society For our final look back at women who have inspired us throughout history let’s look at the work of an Irish animal rights activist and women’s rights’ campaigner, Frances Power Cobbe; the first female physician from South East Asia to be trained in European medicine, Kadambini Ganguly; and the first British woman to studyContinue reading “Society – Frances Power Cobbe”

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Science – Mary Somerville

Science Mary Somerville – December 26, 1780 – November 28, 1872. Mary Somerville was a Scottish science writer and polymath, at a time when women’s participation in science was discouraged. She was the daughter of Admiral Sir William George Fairfax, and was born at the manse of Jedburgh, in the Borders. She received a ratherContinue reading “Science – Mary Somerville”

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Science – Émilie du Châtelet

Science Émilie du Châtelet December 17, 1706 – September 10, 1749 Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise du Châtelet was a French mathematician, physicist, and author. In 1737 she published a paper “Dissertation sur la nature et la propagation du feu”, based upon her research into the science of fire. The science of fireContinue reading “Science – Émilie du Châtelet”

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Science – Maria Sibylla Merian

Science In the same way that women have challenged ideas in art, information technology, education, entertainment and politics they have also had major triumphs in scientific development, not least making scientific subjects more accessible to all. Here we start in the seventeenth century by celebrating the achievements of Maria Sibylla Merian a naturalist and scientificContinue reading “Science – Maria Sibylla Merian”

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Soong Ching-ling – Madame Sun Yat-sen – The one who loved China

Politics Soong Ching-ling– January 27, 1893 – May 29, 1981 Soong Ch’ing-ling was one of the Soong sisters, three sisters whose husbands were amongst China’s most significant political figures of the early 20th century. Also known as Madame Sun Yat-sen, she was described as the “one who loved China”. Her Christian name was Rosamond. SoongContinue reading “Soong Ching-ling – Madame Sun Yat-sen – The one who loved China”

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Politics – Annie Kenney

Politics Annie Kenney– September 13, 1879 – July 9, 1953 Annie Kenney was a working-class suffragette who is credited with sparking off suffragette militancy when she heckled Winston Churchill During a Liberal rally at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, in October, 1905, she and Christabel Pankhurst interrupted a political meeting to ask Churchill and SirContinue reading “Politics – Annie Kenney”

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Politics – Sarojini Naidu

Politics In the entertainment industry women have successfully pioneered against barriers of sex, class and race but when it comes to changing communities and societies women have also stood proudly and worked hard to earn their place in the political arena. Now it is time to learn some historical lessons from The Nightingale of India,Continue reading “Politics – Sarojini Naidu”

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