black history

Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke is a civil rights activist who was the original founder of the “Me Too” movement, which she started in 2006. It later became a global phenomenon that raised awareness about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in society in 2017. Burke became involved in civil rights activism while at University, where she organised press conferences …

activists STEM

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 …

activists anti-FGM STEM

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 …

feminist womens rights

Gloria Steinem

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Sophie Lloyd for the upcoming Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April at Swindon Central Library. It is part of the Illustrated Women in History III zine which is now available here http://etsy.me/2nwlby2 Gloria Steinem is is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer who …

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Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedian, activist and voice artist. She had a distinctive singing style and is best known for her Christmas song “Santa Baby” and for playing Catwoman in the television series Batman. Kitt was born in 1927 near the town of North in South Carolina. Her …