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Jenni Murray celebrates the women who shaped our world

By: stagedoorscribbler - July 8, 2019

Dame Jenni Murray

The inimitable Jenni Murray takes her A History of the World in 21 Women to the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax on Sunday 14th July.

Tired of being encouraged to view history as the sum total of the accomplishments of men, Jenni sets out to celebrate great women from around the world  – rescuing a few from obscurity and shining a new light on some familiar names.  

These are women who led while others followed. They stood up and spoke out when no one else would. They broke the mould in art, music and literature. Each of them fought, in their own way, for change.  

Her impressive list encompasses artists, politicians, activists, reporters and heads of state from past and present. A History of the World in 21 Women celebrates the lives, struggles and achievements of women who have had a profound impact on the shaping of our world.   Jenni of coures has the advantage of having actually met and interviewed many of the women featured.  

  *Dame Jenni Murray has been at the helm of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for over twenty years  She can provide rare insight into the programme’s 64 year history with memories of her most engaging and her most terrifying interviewees from Barbara Castle to Kaffe Fasset, Monica Lewinsky to Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson to Margaret Thatcher, through to Tony  Blair and Gordon Brown.

*Jenni Murray - A History of the World in 21 Women is at the Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax on Sunday 14th July. More info at