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How women changed the world

Updated Monday 5th March 2018

Who wrote the first novel over 1000 years ago? Who disguised herself as a man to explore the new world? Take this interactive world tour to discover the stories the history books left out. 

Meet some extraordinary individuals who rewrote the rules rather than accept them; when you return from this voyage of discovery you won't see history in the same way again. Select the targets on the interactive map now to begin your journey and follow the links to hear that woman's story. 

To use this tour of how women changed the world:

  • Select the targets that appear on the map next to the illustrative clue.
  • Read the 'Did you know?' clue related to the woman who revolutionised her part of the world.
  • Follow the link '' or image underneath the 'Did you know?' clue to find out the full story the history books left out. 

Alternatively you can view articles of the women's remarkable stories here.

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