The history of women in all walks of life is as fascinating as it is diverse. Yet women’s place in history has at times been overlooked, and at others intentionally removed from the record.
In order to redress the balance, women’s and gender studies often seek to celebrate females that broke the mould or reacted against their social norms, the famous and the infamous. Here, however, you will find great women of history, be they rule makers, rule breakers, or those operating in the spheres expected of them.
We can learn as much about a period or a society from those who conformed as we can from those who didn’t, so why shouldn’t books about mistresses sit alongside queens, murderesses keep company with hostesses, and spies, authors, mothers and migrants be given equal attention?