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Jenni Murray presents 21 women who changed British History

By: stagedoorscribbler - July 31, 2017

Jenni Murray

One of our most experienced and respect broadcasters, Jenni Murray, will  be in Colchester this week to present the history of Britain, as you’ve never heard it before, through the achievements of twenty-one women whose lives enthral, intrigue and inspire.
Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs, says Murray.  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 the veteran Woman’s Hour presenter  draws together the lives of a remarkable group of 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. 

This was the verdict of Professor janet btodd of the University of Aberdeen: Jenni Murray has invited us to her feast of extraordinary women: queens, artists, writers, musicians, scientists and activists... As incomparable host, Jenni lets her guests display themselves lavishly, telling their own noble or quirky stories while she delicately inserts anecdotes from her own distinguished life... ’

*Jenni Murray - A History of Britain in 21 Women is at The Mercury Theatre in Colchester on Friday 4th August. More information at