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The history of female protest and suffrage in the UK free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

The history of female protest and suffrage in the UK

This free course focuses on one example of democratic protest: the campaign to extend the vote to women in the UK. In the course you'll be introduced to two key figures in the campaign, Ada Nield Chew and May Billinghurst, and you'll look at the ways in which the Women's Social and Political Union, the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and the First World War shaped and affected the battle for the vote.

Free course
10 hrs
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World-Changing Women: Madam CJ Walker article icon

History & The Arts 

World-Changing Women: Madam CJ Walker

As a single woman in the early 20th century making ends meet was no easy feat, so it's remarkable that Madam CJ Walker became the first female self-made millionaire in America. Read her story here...

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Katherine Johnson: NASA mathematician and much-needed role model article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Katherine Johnson: NASA mathematician and much-needed role model

Katherine Johnson, who in February 2020 died at the age of 101, was an amazing woman. But up until a few years ago, hardly anyone had heard of her or her achievements. Professor Monica Grady explores her amazing legacy.

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Betty Luckham: celebrating the activism of a pioneering Windrush woman video icon

History & The Arts 

Betty Luckham: celebrating the activism of a pioneering Windrush woman

What brought a bright young woman, working in the civil service in 1950s British Guiana, to settle in Manchester? And who could have predicted the impact she would have as she worked with the African Caribbean communities there?

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10 mins
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Exploring issues in women's health free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Exploring issues in women's health

This free course, Exploring issues in women's health, will introduce social model approaches to health and wellbeing, which take as their starting point not the scientific context of the body, but the social context in which women live. The focus is on women and the impact of social and cultural factors on women's health. The course touches on various issues concerning women's health, such as abortion, periods, the menopause, mental health and fertility.

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3 hrs
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How can we stop science, engineering and technology losing talented women? article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

How can we stop science, engineering and technology losing talented women?

There's still a massive gender imbalance in university STEM subjects. What can be done to address this? Clem Herman has some ideas...

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The Z Files: Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock video icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

The Z Files: Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock shares her childhood memories of wanting to be a space scientist with the poet Benjamin Zephaniah

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5 mins
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The Z Files: Chi Onwurah video icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

The Z Files: Chi Onwurah

Poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah interviews Chi Onwurah, an Engineer and MP with a deep love for the art and beauty of engineering

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5 mins
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Film as a Historical Source

Alan Sennet explains why even though film is a valuable primary source, historians must subject it to rigorous interrogation.

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History & The Arts 

100 Years of Votes for (some) Women

2018 marked the centenary of the 1918 General Election which allowed some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time ever. Explore suffrage and women's history here...

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Society, Politics & Law 

The Real Wonder Women

Take a look at 60 of the world's most influential and pioneering women and the impact they made over 100 years.

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History & The Arts 

How women changed the world

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. 

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