Jenni Murray on the women who changed the history of Britain
Broadcaster and journalist Jenni Murray’s A History of Britain in 21 Women reappraises Britain history through the achievements of women whose lives enthral, intrigue and inspire.
Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. To say that it’s high time that it was defined by its women falls some way short of an understatement, says Murray.
In a personal selection she draws together the lives of twenty-one 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.
And the women on Jenni Murray's list? 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.
She takes A History of Britain in 21 Women to Bewdley Festival on Monday 9th October. More information at www.bewdleyfestival.org.uk
*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. Earlier this week she was included in the Radio Times 100 best broadcasters of all time.