Women Who Made History
The role of women in shaping the course of English history has often been overlooked. Their stories need to be told.
Below we highlight the stories of some of the women who played a key part in historical events, left their mark on society and shaped our way of life – from an Anglo-Saxon abbess who ruled over a monastery of men and women to the world’s first computer programmer.
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Who inspires you?
Women in history were not just princesses. They were movers and shakers, creators, innovators, and more. For Women's History Month 2017, let us introduce you to a few of them.
We challenged a group of students to think about their future. We asked if there were any historical women who might be a role model... Here's what they discovered.
Click on the images below to find out more about some inspiring women from history. All of them are closely linked with places looked after by English Heritage, or are commemorated in London by our blue plaques scheme.
Mary Macarthur Honoured
English Heritage unveiled a new blue plaque to Mary Macarthur on Tuesday 7 March. Macarthur was a trade unionist and activist who inspired women across the country to join the unions, increasing female membership from 142,000 in 1892 to 1,342,000 by 1920. Her blue plaque marks her former London home at 42 Woodstock Road in Golders Green where she lived from 1919 until her death in 1921.Find out more about Mary Macarthur
The English Heritage blue plaques scheme commemorates some of the most inspirational women from London’s past. From the very first female medical professionals to the photographer who ventured into enemy territory during the Second World War, women from all walks of life have helped pave the way for female emancipation. Read about their stories and track down the blue plaques marking their former London homes.
If you know of more inspiring women from London’s past who haven’t yet been honoured by the English Heritage scheme, find out how to propose them for a plaque.Discover London’s pioneering women
From our blog
19 THINGS DONE BY INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGLISH HISTORY
Some people are ahead of their times. They accomplish incredible things, fight for change, and break the mould. Here are just a few things that women connected to our sites and schemes have done.
Why women disappeared from history
Women occupy just 0.5% of recorded history, and are often stereotyped. In this blog post Bettany Hughes explores why women were written out of history.
Why was Elizabeth I so important?
Tracy Borman examines what the accession of Elizabeth I – who famously remained unmarried – meant for women in positions of power.
The Role of Women on Hadrian’s Wall
It’s often forgotten that hundreds, if not thousands, of women lived on and around Hadrian’s Wall during the Roman period. Find out what we know about them.
1066: The power behind the throne
Find out about the roles of three women in the period around the Norman Conquest whose influence and power helped shape the events of 1066.
Servants who broke the mould
Women once made up about 80% of household servants. Read about some of the women who made a successful career out of domestic service.