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The initials ‘ES’ on the parapets are those of Elizabeth Talbot, who built Hardwick Hall. adteasdale

Five incredible old English homes built by women

Women played a far greater role in designing, commissioning and building country houses, gardens and parklands than was once imagined.
Attendants wait to serve delegates with water during the opening of the annual full session of the National People’s Congress, the country’s parliament, at Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, March 5, 2015. Jason Lee/Reuters

Inequality in China and the impact on women’s rights

Once China claimed to lead the way in equality for women. Today, women are warned they will be "leftovers" if they don't produce children.
Mum’s gone to Iceland. Creatista/Shutterstock

Viking women travelled too, genetic study reveals

The traditional picture of Vikings is one of boatloads of hairy men pillaging their way along the coasts of Europe. Though true to some degree, this stereotype has more recently been tempered with the…
Donna Tartt is the bookies’ favourite for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize. EPA/Bas Czerwinski

The Women’s Prize for Fiction and our forgotten literary foremothers

Speculation is rife as to who will win the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The prize, which launched as the Orange Prize in 1996, has a distinguished list of former winners, including Kate Grenville…
Neville Wran had a reputation as a tough guy – but he was also a strong supporter of the arts. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Remembering Neville Wran – arts aficionado or Balmain bruiser?

In 1981, on a short trip back home to Australia from the UK, I saw a job advertised that I thought had been made for me. The Director, Women and Arts, according to the advertisement, was a special role…
Beyond the tea and scones, the Country Women’s Association has played an important role in Australian women’s history. topsynette

Perhaps tea and scones are OK: the CWA and feminism today

Next month the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of New South Wales will vote whether or not to put one of their most valuable assets, their Potts Point headquarters, up for sale. The prospect of the sale…

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