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Without this woman, your favourite comic book heroes might not exist

Ruth Atkinson was one of the first women to create cartoon strips, including Patsy Walker, now a key character in Jessica Jones

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The incredible true story of the captured poet who wrote her way to freedom

Remembering Phyllis Wheatley, the first well-known black female poet in the western world and the first African-American to publish a book

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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“The suffragette struggle for equality is still alive today”

An open letter from Dr Helen Pankhurst

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Helen Pankhurst
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4 female MPs on what it’s really like to be a woman in parliament

Women won the right to become MPs 100 years ago today. But do our current crop of female MPs feel that everything is equal?

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Anna Fielding
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The true story of the WWI footballer and lesbian icon who scored 1,000 goals

Lily Parr was one of many women to play professional football during WWI and the greatest player of her era.

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How you can join the fight to get a woman on the new £50 note

The British public will get to have a say in whose face will grace the banknote, and we think it should be a woman.

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Hannah-Rose Yee
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This is why Beyoncé’s 2018 Halloween costume was so important

She paid tribute to one of the greatest athletes of all time – who risks fading from memory

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Moya Lothian-McLean
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High jumper Alice Coachman was the first black woman to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1948.
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The incredible true story of the first black woman to win gold at the Olympics

Alice Coachman made history at the 1948 Olympic Games – but her hometown’s white mayor still refused to shake her hand.

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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This pre-Raphaelite muse was Britain’s most visible Victorian woman of colour

Remembering Fanny Eaton, the Jamaica-born icon held up as an example of perfect beauty.

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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This inventor could have revolutionised periods. Why was she ignored?

The true story of forgotten inventor Mary Davidson Kenner, who created an innovative new menstrual pad in 1956.

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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The incredible true story of Elsie de Wolfe, the world’s very first interior designer

“I opened the doors and windows of America, and let the air and sunshine in”

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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The remarkable true story of Mae Jemison, the first woman of colour in space

Her list of achievements is truly out of this world

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The inspirational true story of Sylvia Robinson, aka ‘The Mother of Hip-Hop’

Sylvia Robinson co-founded the first rap record label, heralding a musical revolution

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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The true story of Fatima al-Fihri, the founder of the world’s first known university

She paved the way for modern universities around the globe

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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This female gaming pioneer was so successful she retired at 35

Carol Shaw paved the way for women in gaming

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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England’s first female barrister was a tireless advocate for women’s rights

This week’s Forgotten Woman is Helena Normanton, the first woman to practise at the bar in England and a champion of gender equality.

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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jerrie mock pilot woman first female aviator around the world trip
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The incredible true story of the first woman to fly solo around the world

More than 50 years ago, Jerrie Mock made history by taking to the skies in a plane called Charlie. And she never looked back.

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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Remembering Christina Jenkins, the woman who invented the weave

“It’s no overstatement to say Christina Jenkins changed women’s lives forever”

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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The true story of Daphne Oram, the mother of modern electronic music

Born in Wiltshire in 1925, she went on to change the sound of music forever.

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The true story of Christine de Pisan, the French writer who pushed for equality

This week’s Forgotten Woman is Christine de Pisan, who was the first writer to call out a male author's sexism.

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Anna-Marie Crowhurst
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