Category: Histories Hidden Matriarchs

Margaret I of Denmark.

Margaret I of Denmark, rose to power at a time when female rule was “practically unthinkable” and went on to become one of Scandinavia’s most eminent monarchs. In her reign she brought peace, recovered lost lands, reformed the currency, was generous to the church, many charities, and showed care...

Margaret Thatcher.

Margaret Thatcher was a scientist, lawyer, the youngest woman to be undersecretary at the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance, and England’s first first female Prime Minister. Despite all her achievements, she is also one of the most divisive figures in history, some love her whilst others loathe her....

Theresa Kichindamoto

In the country where 50 percent of women get married before turning 18, one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world Theresa Kichindamoto, nicknamed the “Terminator” of child marriages, is fighting tradition....

Betty Lou Beets

On the 24th February 2000, Betty Lou Beets was executed by lethal injection. Convinced for the murder of two, she would become the fourth woman to be executed for murder....

Evelyn Dick.

Evelyn Dick was convicted of the murder of her husband John Dick and the manslaughter of her infant son but questions remain; was Evelyn a cold blooded black window, or a victim of abuse and manipulation at the hands of her parents? ...

Billie Jean King

In this post we look at Billie Jean King, who as a professional tennis player she won 39 major titles, competing in both singles and doubles. Away from the court she is an activist and all around queen....

Maria Teresa de Filippis

In the 70-year history of Formula 1 there have been more than 1,000 races with about 900 drivers. All but two of the drivers have been male (a few more women have taken part in Grand Prix weekends but not competed). In this post we are going to...

Gertrude Bell

On 95 Sloane Street sits an English Heritage plaque dedicated to Gertrude Bell, on the plaque she is described as a traveller, archaeologist and diplomat but she would also help the British government in the First World War....

Women of the WAAF

If you have been following us on our blog, podcast and social media for a while now you may well have noticed that I have a special interest in the story of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). Last year I looked into the Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF),...

The Schuyler Sisters.

Hamilton is a world wide phenomenon it the musical we meet the Schuyler sisters, Angelica, Eliza and Peggy. But, who were they really? Did Angelica really ‘want to take a bite’ out of Alexander, was Eliza the ‘best of wives’ and did Peggy really confide in him? These are...