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Celebrating International Women’s Day!

  • Posted on: 4 March, 2019

Blog post Marie Curie

The 8thMarch 2019 marks International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate the occasion than to take a look at the world’s most inspirational women in history.

Marie Curie 1867 – 1934

Marie Curie (pictured above) changed the world when she founded a new science of radioactivity. Her discovery launched what we now know as an effective cure for cancer.

During the First World War, Marie Curie helped to equip ambulances with x-ray equipment, and often drove them to the front line herself. Despite becoming ill from the radioactive materials, she handled, Curie never lost her determination to excel in the scientific career that she loved.

Rosa Parks 1913 – 2005

In 1955 Rose challenged the race segregation that existed in the US by refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white person. Her bravery sparked the civil rights movement.

Emmeline Pankhurst 1858 – 1928

A political activist, Emmeline endured 13 imprisonments in a bid to grant women the right to vote. Her work is recognised as a crucial element in achieving women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom.

Ada Lovelace 1815 – 52

Ada was an English mathematician. She is considered to have written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s. Ada was chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

Florence Nightingale 1820 – 1910

Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers. Florence was instrumental in establishing a permanent military nursing service and implementing improvements to the army medical services.

Jane Austen 1775 – 1817

One of the most famous figures in British history, Austen’s novels have gone on to become literary sensations. Her plots explored marriage, status and social sensibility with a distinctive irony and her works have been adapted many times in plays, films and TV series.

There are lots of other fascinating women throughout history that have gone on to achieve magnificent things. But perhaps the most inspirational woman in your life is your mum, sister or best friend?

Why not give her the treat that she deserves? Head over to our For Her section where we’ve got lots of beautiful little gifts to help you celebrate International Women’s Day with your nearest and dearest.