Jenni Murray on 21 women who shaped Britain's history
Journalist and broadcaster Dame Jenni Murray takes her fascinating and intriguing talk on the women who helped shape the history of Britain to the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire on Sunday.
In A History of Britain in 21 Women, Jenni examines some of our greatest female achievers and influencers. She rescues some from obscurity and shines a new light on familiar names.
She argues that Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs for too long. To say that it’s high time that it was defined by its women falls some way short of an understatement.
In this personal selection Jenni draws together the lives of 21 women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history, reinvigorating the stories behind the names we all know and revealing the fascinating tales behind those less familiar.
This is an evaluation of the history of Britain as you’ve never heard it before - as viewed through the achievements of women whose lives enthral, intrigue and inspire.
Her list is an impressive one. It includes Boudicca, Fanny Burney, Constance Markievicz, Caroline Herschel, Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Ethel Smyth, Mary Quant, Aphra Behn, Jane Austen,Nancy Astor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Emmeline Pankhurst, Margaret Thatcher, Barbara Castle, Elizabeth I, Mary Wollstonecraft, Ada Lovelace, Gwen John, Mary Seacole Nicola Sturgeon and Mary Somerville.
*Jenni Murray has presented BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour since 1987. She regularly contributes to various newspapers and magazines, and is the author of several books including Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter.
Jenni Murray - A History of Britain in 21 Women is at The Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire on Sunday 15th July. More info at www.ryedalefestival.com