Category: Histories Hidden Matriarchs

Catharine Beecher

Catharine was a prominent teacher and writer in 19th century America. Who actively promoted equal access to education for women and championed their importance in the roles as mothers and teachers, arguing that women were uniquely suited to the moral and intellectual development of children. Read more about her...

Gwen John.

Gwen John, was a talented artist, who many believe is responsible for the link between spinsters and cats. Although never married Gwen had relationships with both men and women. Read on to learn more about her art, life, loves, and cats. ...

Amelia Boynton Robinson

Amelia Boynton Robinson, was a civil rights pioneer, who championed the right to vote for America’s black population. As a result of her activism she was badly beaten whilst leading a civil rights march on what has become known as Bloody Sunday. Read more about this remarkable women and...

Rosa Parks.

The name Rosa Parks in synonymous with the civil rights movement in America. Rosas’s refusal to give up her bus seat for a white passenger saw her arrested and led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Read more about her life and the full extent of her role in the...

Women of the WRAF 1918-1920

During the First World War, members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) worked at air stations that belonged to both the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). When the decision was made to combine both the...

Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell was a British nurse who joined an underground movement which helped allied soldiers to escape occupied Belgium. When her part in the operation was discovered Edith was executed by German firing squad on the 12th of October 1915. Her execution caused shockwaves around the world. Read on...

Aileen Cole Stewart

At the outbreak of the First World War, the woman’s place was primarily the home. This philosophy would change drastically during the war as women increasingly took over men’s jobs whilst they were away fighting. Many women saw the war as an opportunity to not only serve their countries...

The American Witch Hunt Three Decades Before Salem

When you think of witch trials in the United States, most would think of the Salem Trials. Whilst it might be the trials that most captured public imagination, it was not the first. Read on to learn about the witch panic in Connecticut, which tool place 30 years...

Helen Duncan, the Blitz Witch.

The witch trials had come to an end by 1750, however, that was not to be the last time the charge was used. In 1943, Helen Duncan was convicted under the Witchcraft Act of 1735, and was sentenced to nine months in Holloway Prison. It is her life...

The Portrayal of Women in Gothic Horror

The Gothic genre became popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and continues to be popular today. Read on to find out about the women who contributed to the genre. ...