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Swindon Zine Fest 2018

illustration by @saltandchilli_emma Illustrated Women in History will be at Swindon’s first zinefest! It will be held at the Central Community Centre in Swindon on the 18th August from 1pm to 5pm. Workshops Sophie Sherwood will be running a sun printing workshop, where you can create your own prints using solar activated paper. (Material cost …

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Barbara Liskov

Barbara Liskov is an American computer scientist. She is the winner of the 2008 A.M. Turing Award, the highest honour in computer science, for her “pioneering work in the design of computer programming languages.” Liskov was one of only two women in her class when she studied for her BA Mathematics (minoring in Physics) at University of …

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Alice Paul

Alice Paul was an American suffragist and feminist who dedicated her life to women’s rights. She was one of the leaders of the campaign for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Paul first learned about the fight for women’s suffrage from her mother, Tacie Paul who was a member of the National American Woman …

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Dolores Heurta

Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association – later the United Farm Workers (UFW). Huerta’s career in life was inspired by both of her parents, mother’s independence and entrepreneurial spirit was one of the primary reasons she became a feminist. Although her parents divorced, she was fiercely proud …

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Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is an activist, primatologist and anthropologist who is considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. Goodall was born in London, and at a young age was given a toy chimpanzee which inspired her lifelong love of animals. She travelled to a friends farm in Kenya in 1957, where she met notable Kenyan archaeologist and …

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Eleanor Rathbone

Eleanor Rathbone was an independent British MP, social reformer, suffragist and feminist who is best known for her success in fighting for family allowance and women’s rights. Rathbone was born into a influential family in Liverpool, her father was social reformer William Rathbone VI and her mother, his second wife, Emily Lyle. Rathbone’s parents encouraged …

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Frances Glessner Lee

Frances Glessner Lee is known as the ‘mother of forensic science’ for her creation of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, most of which are still used for training homicide investigators. Glessner Lee was born in Chicago to a wealthy family, but the privilege of wealth was not enough to allow her same education as her …

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Comfort Momoh

Comfort Momoh is a FGM Consultant/Public Health Specialist and a staunch campaigner for the eradication of FGM. Momoh was born in Lagos, Nigeria. In 1981 she moved to the UK to train as a nurse at North Middlesex Hospital. While at the hospital, she discovered the practise of FGM and the impact this had on women’s lives. …

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Efua Dorkenoo

Efua Dorkenoo, affectionately known as ‘Mama Efua’ was a Ghanaian-British campaigner against female genital mutilation (FGM) who pioneered the global movement to end the practice. Dorkenoo began her career in health while working as a staff nurse at various hospitals including the Royal Free. While training as a midwife, she became aware of the practise of FGM while …

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Tessa Jowell

The biography for this weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Hayley Jackson. Baroness Tessa Jowell 17th September 1947 – 12th May 2018 Tessa Jowell was born in London in 1947 and was the eldest of three children. Her father was a physician and her mother a radiographer. The family moved to Aberdeen when …