About the series
Dr. Amanda Foreman traverses countries and continents in this four-part BBC series to uncover and interrogate key stories of the strong, radical and revolutionary women that have made and changed the course of human history from 10,000 BC to the present day.
The diverse characters she explores range from Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, who helped establish trade routes and pioneered the visual aesthetic of India, to American activist Margaret Sanger, who coined the term ‘birth control’ and developed the contraceptive pill.
The programme's geographical reach is just as ambitious, covering everywhere from ancient Greece to medieval France; from first-century Vietnam to modern America.
Here on OpenLearn we've collated a range of resources written by our academics to complement the series and aid your further learning. You may like to:
- Order your free world-changing women booklet of postcards
- Try our interactive world tour on women who revolutionised history
- Gauge what studying at the OU is like with these free history materials
- See what History courses we offer at The Open University
The first episode of 'The ascent of woman' airs on BBC Two on Wednesday 3rd September 2015 at 9PM. Full broadcast details and watch again links can be found on bbc.co.uk
You may also want to view the articles on World-changing women: The biographies here.