History

  • Visible Women

    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’.

    Posted by
    Moya Crockett
    Published
  • Beauty

    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.

    Posted by
    Alice Snape
    Published
  • 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”

    Posted by
    Caitlin Moran
    Published
  • Christmas

    This is the amazing story behind our love of Christmas cards

    The UK invented the Christmas card – here's how

    Posted by
    Moya Lothian-McLean
    Published
  • 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”

    Posted by
    Deborah Frances-White
    Published
  • 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.

    Posted by
    Susan Devaney
    Published
  • 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

    Posted by
    Anna-Marie Crowhurst
    Published
  • Visible Women

    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.

    Posted by
    Moya Crockett
    Published
  • 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.

    Posted by
    Hannah-Rose Yee and Moya Crockett
    Published
  • Visible Women

    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.

    Posted by
    Anna-Marie Crowhurst
    Published