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Jenni Murray on the inspiring women who made Britain Great

By: stagedoorscribbler - November 13, 2017

Jenni Murray

Head to Portsmouth this week and you can hear an evaluation of the history of Britain as you’ve never heard it before - as viewed through the achievements of twenty- one women whose lives enthral, intrigue and inspire.

Broadcaster and journalist Jenni Murray 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 Murray 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 reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar.

Join her at Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal on Thursday ( 16th November) to hear more.

Her list by the way 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 is a journalist and broadcaster who 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.

You can see Jenni Murray - A History of Britain in 21 Women at 

The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth on Thursday 16th November. More informatioin at