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Viola Davis

Viola Davis just shared why she’s “a little scared” to play Michelle Obama, and it’s so relatable

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Lauren Geall
  • Renia’s Diary: A Young Girl’s Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust
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    This Polish teenager was murdered by the Nazis. Now, her diary is being published for the first time

  • Fashion

    Why late fashion designer Isabel Toledo meant so much to Michelle Obama

  • Life

    This medieval “Vagina Monologue” poem shows the enduring power of female sexuality

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Moon landing 1969: the gripping true story of the Apollo 11 astronauts’ wives

“You think going to the moon is hard, try staying at home...”

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Marisa Bate
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London’s iconic Feminist Library is set to move into its new home

The library, which is host to a large archive of feminist literature, will move into its new home later this summer

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Lauren Geall
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People

At long last, the first sculpture of 1920s female football star Lily Parr is unveiled

Moulding the future.

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Christobel Hastings
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Life

A lesson on how to trend on Twitter for no reason at all, by Catherine of Aragon

“Is she up for Tory leadership? Has she joined the cast of Love Island 2019? WE MUST KNOW.”

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Hollie Richardson
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Hollie Richardson
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This is why you need to catch Six the Musical before it leaves

What you need to know about the feminist retelling of history

Life

The unbelievable true story behind Victoria’s most heartbreaking episode

These moments were based on real events and real people.

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Hannah-Rose Yee
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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
Books

The women killed by Jack the Ripper are finally having their stories told

A new book, opera and TV series explore the lives of the serial killer’s victims. It’s a welcome break from our culture’s obsession with male murderers

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Moya Crockett
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People

This nun faked her own death to pursue a life of ‘carnal lust’

Joan of Leeds created a dummy to fool her sisters

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Sarah Shaffi
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Visible Women

10 queer female icons we should remember this LGBT History Month

From Audre Lorde to Marsha P Johnson, these women owned their identities in the face of discrimination.

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Moya Crockett and Sarah Shaffi
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Life

The most soothing podcasts to listen to when you can’t sleep

From ancient myths and legends to modern Hollywood mysteries

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Moya Crockett
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Travel

4 historic French feminist sites you can visit in real life

Better than your old school trips

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Moya Crockett
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The story of the suffragist who inspired this year’s Women’s March on London

Born in Poland in 1882, Rose Schneiderman is credited with coining the phrase ‘Bread and Roses’.

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The true story of Jessie Knight, Britain’s first professional female tattooist

Knight’s gender made her an outsider in the tattoo industry, and her career made her an outsider in a world that saw tattoos as transgressive.

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Alice Snape
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People

My feminist icon: Caitlin Moran reveals why Mary Shelley inspires her the most

“She wrote a book that invented an entirely new genre – sci-fi”

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Caitlin Moran
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Christmas

This is the amazing story behind our love of Christmas cards

The UK invented the Christmas card – here's how

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Moya Lothian-McLean
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People

My feminist icon: Deborah Frances-White reveals why Emilia Lanier inspires her the most

“Drink to Emilia and her iconic audacity, wit and triumph over every patriarchal adversity”

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Deborah Frances-White
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Visible Women

Why you need to know about Edith Cavell’s remarkable life

It would’ve been her 153rd birthday, and she’s today's Google’s Doodle.

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Susan Devaney
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Visible Women

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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Moya Crockett
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Who was Constance Markievicz, the first female MP?

A portrait of the suffragette and Irish revolutionary has just been gifted to the UK parliament. Here’s why she was so important.

Visible Women

10 woman politicians who came ‘first’, from Nancy Astor to Diane Abbott

On the centenary of women being able to stand for parliament, we look back at a timeline of ‘firsts’ for women in politics.

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Hannah-Rose Yee and Moya Crockett
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