These are two of the more recent topics undertaken by Women in History, the talks and discussions which followed were all done using Zoom sharing illustrations and powerpoints as required. The first Women In Wine was a presentation by Pascal Strudwick (a visitor to our group but relevantly is leader of the Wine & Food Appreciation Group) about 6 women who were pivotal in the development of Champagne. The women mostly widows often from quite a young age took over small firms and made them into some of the most famous names in the champagne industry.
Presentation1 Women and Champagne
The second topic shared over 3 fortnightly meetings as we are a group of 15, was on interesting women who were born near you and ranged from the internationally famous to a very local relevance some examples are
Margaret Rutherford a Wimbledon girl and film star
Agnes (Aggy)Weston Founder of Sailor’s Rests helping serving sailors,marines and their families first woman to be given a full ceremonial Royal Navy burial
Edith Smith first woman Police Woman with full powers of arrest granted in recognition of her service during the First World War in Grantham (I come from Lincolnshire and could of course not think of any other famous women who came from Grantham)
Dorothy Day American journalist , social activist and anarchist who became a Catholic Christian a Chicago local and now part of the slow process of being canonised.
Ladies for the Abolition of Slavery in Brazil who led the movement in NW Brazil and succeeded in having their state become the first to totally abolish slavery.