The Queen of Kings: Billie Jean King

American former tennis number one, often regarded as one of the very best tennis legends who ever lived, bagging a haul of 39 Grand Slam titles. Billie Jean King was known for fighting hard to achieve so much success in her life but she was also known as a temperamental woman who could be difficult …

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The Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin

Dubbed the ‘Queen of Soul’, Aretha Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, actress, pianist and civil rights activist, recording 112 charted singles on Billboard, one of the best-selling music artists of all time and widely regarded as one of the greatest singers who ever lived. But few know of the real story of the woman …

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A Renaissance Woman: Augusta Savage

From the Harlem Renaissance was born a plethora of artistic expression and a legacy of freedom and barriers broken. Into this maelstrom of creativity came Augusta Savage, sculptor extraordinaire and teacher whose studio was of vital importance to the careers of generations of artists who would receive international acclaim, finding time along the way to …

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Life in a Flash: Margaret Bourke-White

American photographer extraordinaire, the first foreign photographer permitted to take photos of Soviet industry, the first American female war photojournalist and a person whose ‘Fort Peck Dam’ photo adorned the first issue of Life magazine. Now revered as one of the all-time greats of the photography world, Margaret Bourke-White was one of a kind and …

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The New England Mystic: Emily Dickinson

Born into a prominent community family, Emily Dickinson was a complicated woman, living life in isolation and desperation. Eccentric and reclusive, few knew who the real Emily was, but they knew she loved to write. In fact, she was a prolific writer and, most importantly, a prolific poet. But in her lifetime, only a few of …

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The Middle of Everywhere: Ava Marie DuVernay

One of the most talented and in-demand directors on the planet, Ava Marie DuVernay has broken record after record in her short yet illustrious career. The first black woman to win at the Sundance Film Festival, the first black woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the first black female …

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Madame Peintre: Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

A prominent portrait painter of the late 18th century, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun’s artistic style was borne in the aftermath of the Rococo style with a sprinkling of Neoclassical. Whilst not many today will have heard of her, in her day, Élisabeth was one of the very best and to this day, her paintings …

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Mother to the Union Boys: Mary Bickerdyke

Known as the Mother to the Union Boys, Mary Bickerdyke for many was a hospital administrator for the Union Soldiers during the American Civil War. But Mary was far more than this. A lifelong advocate for veterans, she went above and beyond the call of duty, establishing hundreds of field hospitals and acting as a …

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The Suffragette of Sport: Alice Milliat

A pioneer of women’s sport, not only in her home nation of France but across the world. She lobbied hard on behalf of female athletes for the same kind of recognition as men, fighting for women’s participation in the Olympic Games. She faced an uphill battle, few would support her and even fewer thought she …

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Captain Marvel: Sheryl Swoopes

A master of the hoops, Sheryl Swoopes is a former American professional basketball player, widely regarded as one of the greatest players the world has ever seen. The first to be signed to the WNBA, going on to win three Olympic gold medals, one of only 10 female basketball players to have won gold, an …

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