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The female movers and shakers who shaped modern Britain

By: stagedoorscribbler - September 25, 2017

Jenni Murray

Learn a new perspective on the history of Britain. Learn about our nation as celebrated through the achievements of 21 women whose lives enthral, intrigue and inspire.
Leading journalist, broadcaster and long-time presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Jenni Murray believes that for too long Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. 

She argues that it’s high time that it was defined by its women. At The Key Theatre in Peterborough this evening (25th September) Jenni presents A History of Britain in 21 Women in which she discusses a personal selection that draws together the lives of 21 women. It’s an impressive list of female movers and shakers, examining the people  behind a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history. Jenni Murray’s presentation reinvigorates the stories behind a number of names that we all know and also reveals some fascinating tales behind some that are  less familiar.

The list 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. 

Apart from presenting BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour since 1987, Jenni Murray 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 Key Theatre,

Peterborough, this evening (25th September). More info at