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Women’s Government Work

Though women did not receive the vote and were not permitted to stand for Parliament until 1918, laws were passed prior to this, which increased the role women played in their local government. In 1869, the Municipal Franchise Act gave unmarried women ratepayers the vote in council elections, thereby restoring the right lost to them …

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Fascinating Women: Victoria Sackville-West

The life of Victoria Sackville-West is fascinating and scandalous. She was the illegitimate daughter of Lionel Sackville-West, a diplomat, and his Andalusian mistress, Josefa Duran, a dancer known as “Pepita.” Over the course of their nineteen year affair (never legalized, since Pepita’s estranged husband outlived her), conducted around the diplomatic capitals of Europe, they produced …

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The Secrets of a Courtesan: Hidden Boldini Painting

Behind the door, under a thick layer of dust lay a treasure trove of turn-of-the-century objects including a painting by the 19th century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. The woman who owned the flat had left for the south of France before the Second World War and never returned. But when she died recently aged 91, …

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