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Charlotte Brontë

Today’s Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Amy Kovac @kovvac and will be included in the next Illustrated Women in History zine! Charlotte Brontë 1816-1855  “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë Charlotte Brontë has become one of …

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Ethel Smyth

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Clare Butler for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition 2017 at Swindon Central Library.  Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) was a woman once described as an armoured tank drawing enemy fire. She was a celebrated composer, author, musician, enthusiastic golfer, and, in her own words, a ‘militant …

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Banana Yoshimoto

This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by Sade John @sadiesavestheday for the Illustrated Women in History exhibition in April 2017 at Swindon Central Library.  Banana Yoshimoto is the pen name of Japanese writer Mahoko Yoshimoto. She has achieved worldwide popularity for her unusual stories and characters. Yoshimoto began writing while at the College …

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Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson was a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author best known as the creator of the Moomins. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966 for her writing. Jansson was born in 1914 in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland which was then an autonomous part of the Russian Empire. Her …

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Eugénie Niboyet

Eugénie Niboyet was a French author, journalist and early feminist. She is best known for founding La Voix des Femmes (The Women’s Voice), the first feminist daily newspaper in France. Niboyet was born in 1797 in Montpellier, France and raised in a Protestant household. During the Bourbon Restoration following the fall of Napoleon in 1814, …

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Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa was a self described Chicana/Tejana/lesbian/dyke/feminist/writer/poet/cultural theorist. She is best known for her book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza about growing up on the U.S./Mexican border. Anzaldúa was born in 1942 in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. At a young age, she developed an extremely rare hormonal imbalance, and was menstruating from the age …