Today, we marked the 16th day of Women’s History Month. This month intends to celebrate women’s contributions to culture, history and society, as it runs from March 1st until March 31st. At Shepheard-Walwyn, we want to take this month to celebrate, recognise and uplift women. The theme for Women’s History Month this year is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” recognising the critical role that women have played and continue to play in media and storytelling. This includes women who work in various fields, such as blogging, film, theatre, television, print journalism, podcasting, news reporting, radio and social media. By highlighting the contributions of women in these fields, this year’s topic aims to inspire and empower the next generation of women storytellers.
Before Women’s History Month, there was Women’s History Week, which was first celebrated in Sonoma County, California, in 1978. The week long-event was planned and executed by The Education Task Force of Sonoma County, California, and aimed to promote awareness of the contributions of women. Thus, the week of March 8th was chosen to correspond with International Women’s Day, which is also celebrated on March 8th. In 1987, Congress declared March as Women’s History Month with the passage of Public Law 100-9 and it has been celebrated as such ever since.
Both Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day focus on promoting gender equality and celebrating women’s contributions. However, they each have different origins and serve different purposes. Both aim to promote awareness of women’s contributions and fight for gender equality, doing so in different ways. International Women’s Day strives to raise awareness of ongoing struggles and challenges women face, whilst Women’s History Month focuses on celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of women throughout history.
In celebration of this year’s theme of Women’s History Month, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories’’, Shepheard-Walwyn is highlighting the work of female authors who have written on a variety of important topics. These works include memoirs, poetry, and non-fiction in addition to writings on environmental issues, science, and psychology. By sharing their stories and insights, these authors have empowered and inspired women to take action in order to fight for a more than just and equal society. Read on to learn more about these brilliant women!
Coryne Hall is an historian, broadcaster and consultant specialising in the Romanovs and British and European royalty. Coryne is the author of Little Mother of Russia and assisted Princess Olga in the writing of Princess Olga, A Wild and Barefoot Romanov.
Dorothy Boux was an author and artist who drew on the teachings of many religions and philosophies to create a unique and inspiring work called “The Golden Thread“. It’s a deeply moving and thought-provoking work that will appeal to anyone interested in spirituality, religion, or philosophy. Through her unique perspective and stunning artwork, Dorothy Boux has created a truly remarkable book that will inspire and enlighten readers for years to come.
Heather Remoff is an anthropologist with a passion for evolutionary theory. She has spent over forty years involved in research, writing, and economic activism, with a particular focus on the evolution of human behaviour. In her book What’s Sex Got To Do With It?, Heather offers a unique perspective on the courtship dance and other aspects of human behaviour, viewing them through a female lens. Overall, Heather Remoff’s work has been instrumental in deepening our understanding of human evolution and behaviour.
Princess Olga is the youngest child of Prince Andrew Alexandrovich of Russia, nephew of tsar Nicholas II – the last tsar who was executed together with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Princess Olga wrote Princess Olga; A Wild and Barefoot Romanov which is very much a human interest story, told with humour by a down to earth woman struggling to make ends meet in the 21st century. The upkeep of her historical childhood home, Provender House, in the depths of the English countryside, is indeed a constant daily battle for this modern-day princess.
Marika Henriques’ life was forever altered by the events of the Holocaust. In her book “The Hidden Girl: The Journey of a Soul,” Marika bravely shares her experiences as a hidden child, including her poems, drawings, and tapestries. Through her writings and artwork, she takes readers on a journey through the darkest moments of her life while also sharing her inspiring journey of healing and resilience. Marika’s story is one of hope, courage, and determination, as she has worked tirelessly to overcome the trauma of her past and find meaning and purpose in her life.
Philippa is a London-born author who attended school in Berkhamsted. She pursued a bilingual secretarial course at the French Lycee in London, which equipped her with the skills needed to work in the French Section of the BBC. In addition to her work in broadcasting, Philippa is a prolific author. One of her notable works is “Mithras to Mormon: A Religious History of London,” which explores the city’s religious history from its earliest days to the present. Through her writing, Philippa has delved into London’s rich history and culture, shedding light on important aspects of the city’s past that have contributed to its unique character and identity. Her author and historian work has helped deepen our understanding of this fascinating and complex city.
Shirley Gallagan had an extensive career as the PR Director of an international wildlife charity, dedicating more than 20 years of her life to this field. She travelled worldwide to work with global media and film crews to create and promote major wildlife appeals and worldwide news stories. In addition to her work in wildlife conservation, Shirley also wrote children’s books to share her love of wildlife with future conservationists. Her books, including “Munu,” “Sparkle,” and “Totty,” all have themes of resilience, bravery, and hope in the face of adversity.
Tessa served as an Independent Member of the Parole Board, where she had an essential role in determining whether prisoners were suitable for release. This work gave her a unique perspective on the justice system and prisoners’ challenges. After her retirement, Tessa turned her attention to writing, focusing on fiction and non-fiction. Her second biography, “Lady Sue Ryder of Warsaw: Single-minded philanthropist,” highlights the life and accomplishments of a notable philanthropist who worked tirelessly to support and care for those in need. Through her writing, Tessa has shared her experiences and insights with a broader audience, shedding light on important issues and inspiring others to make a positive difference.
Wendy Pollard had a successful career in journalism, working as the sole Assistant to the News Editor for five years. Through her work as a journalist and academic, Wendy Pollard has demonstrated a deep passion for literature and a commitment to understanding and analysing the intersection between literary and widespread acclaim in literature. Her groundbreaking biography of Pamela Hansford Johnson is a testament to her expertise and dedication in this field.