Women in British History

Woman in British history who have had a part to play across time and place specific events or a series of and are either listed or further explored on these pages. British Women, together with women across the world, fought long and hard to just get the right to vote in the 20th century so definitely worth a look at who are the women are that made a difference in our British History.

“Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a rock that bends to no wind”

Queen Elizabeth I iconic british woman in historyQueen Elizabeth I

Some maybe the unsung heroines not all sought fame, power or favour other than as an indirect consequence of their deeds or circumstances. Even when Women have been historically depicted as ‘damsels in distress’ we find some were more than equal to holding their own just by surviving. What a fabulous collection to research and simply enjoy s we find out more about these often extraordinary women who achieve their note in history by so many diverse paths. This one is for our mothers, grandmothers and those as yet to join us.

Artist, authors, scientists, politicians, mathematicians, leaders, educators, doctors and nurses, women,wives, mothers aunts and sisters together , individually and as part of their communities helped make our history happen.

Rachel Wriothesley wife of Lord Russell

Rachel Wriothesley wife of Lord Russell

Rachel Wriothesley played an interesting role in 17th Century intrigue but who was she? Rachel was born in 1636 in Titchfield Hampshire, the daughter of Thomas Wriothesley the 4th Earl of Southampton. The Wriothesley’s had an illustrious history, after the Reformation, the family grew more powerful and wealthier than ever before. Thomas Wriothesley, the 1st…

Cult of the Virgin Mary

Cult of the Virgin Mary

The Cult of the Virgin Mary is seen by many as having it’s origins in the Medieval period but the mythologizing of Mary began with Pope Gregory I. It grew as the Crusaders returned to the west and shrines and icons to the Virgin Mary appeared in churches, on the wayside and in people’s homes.

Henrietta Vansittart Engineer

Henrietta Vansittart Engineer

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Women Inventors, Scientists and Engineers

Henrietta Vanstittart b.1833, was a woman who seemed to flout convention. She was a self taught engineer, a married woman with a high profile lover, Edward Lytton.

Sarah Guppy an English Inventor

Sarah Guppy an English Inventor

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Women Inventors, Scientists and Engineers

Sarah Guppy an English inventor and a rare breed indeed. She was born in 1770 and developed a passion for engineering that culminated in a plethora of useful and esoteric inventions.

Matilda of England

Matilda of England

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Intriguing Women

Who was Matilda of England and what role did she play in the turbulent house of the Plantangenets?

Fair Rosamund

Fair Rosamund

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series Intriguing Women

Fair Rosamund, another intriguing woman of the Plantagenet period. Mistress of King Henry II but just why was she so important in his life?

Katherine Swynford Mistress of John of Gaunt

Katherine Swynford Mistress of John of Gaunt

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Intriguing Women

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series Intriguing WomenKatherine Swynford, the love of John of Gaunts life? Katherine Swynford, another one of those intriguing medieval woman to explore, she was a daughter of  Payne Roët of Guienne in France, who was born about 1310. He was a knight and herald from Hainaut who…

Women’s Roles in Edwardian Era

Women’s Roles in Edwardian Era

What were women’s roles in the Edwardian era of British history? What changes in society occurred that moved women towards acceptance in the workplace? The events after the Edwardian era would catapult women towards new opportunities.

Who was Catherine of Valois?

Who was Catherine of Valois?

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series Intriguing Women

Who was Catherine of Valois whose short life included being the daughter of a King, married to one, the mother of one and the grandmother of another? One of history’s most interesting characters from the 15th century.

Crossbones Graveyard

Crossbones Graveyard

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Intriguing London

Crossbones graveyard in Southwark is adorned with colourful ribbons, a tribute to those Winchester Geese and others who exist on the margins of society. This burial ground has been in existence since Medieval times.

Isabella of Gloucester The First Wife of King John

Isabella of Gloucester The First Wife of King John

Isabella of Gloucester, first wife of King John, was a survivor. A rich and potentially powerful woman, we know little about Isabella, another forgotten Medieval woman whose role in historical events is lost.

Smallpox Inoculation 1721

Smallpox Inoculation 1721

Smallpox is a devastating disease that holds a unique place in medical history. The foresight of people such as Lady Montague helped in it’s eradication. Many people had their lives saved due to her persistent and courageous actions before Jenner’s vaccination took over.

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Women in British History Timeline

an eveoling chronological table, search or browse

DatesPeople Women in British HsitoryCategories
Boudicea
Elizabeth I
Florence Nighingale
1893-1970Vera BritainVera Britain born 1893 -1970 and Dame Shirley Williams her daughter HLB writer and mother to Dame Shirley Williams