women

Astrid Lindgren: storyteller of childhoods

Mostly known as an author of the beloved books for kids around the world, Astrid Lindgren was also an outspoken supporter of children rights and animal protection. Learn more about her life in this blog.

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Celebrity chefs of the past: Meet the women who taught Europe to cook

Meet four early modern cookbook authors from across Europe and discover the fascinating stories of these women.

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Anna May Wong: challenging the stereotypes of Hollywood

Anna May Wong (1905-1961) became an icon in Hollywood cinema who challenged the scene and fought to humanise Chinese roles.

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Countess Constance Markievicz, Irish freedom fighter and revolutionary

Constance Markievicz was a leader in the fight for Ireland’s independence and a political pioneer. She was the first woman elected to Westminster parliament, and among the first female cabinet ministers in Europe.

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Photography pioneer: Anna Atkins’ algae cyanotypes

British botanist and photographer, Anna Atkins was a pioneer in photography: she produced the first ever photographically illustrated book and is widely recognised to the first ever female photographer.

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Monica Zetterlund, jazz singer and Swedish Sensation

Swedish singer and actress Monica Zetterlund’s long career lasted for several decades, bringing acclaim for her Swedish jazz singing and worldwide cinematic fame.

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Callot Soeurs: a female fashion family affair

Callot Soeurs, one of the most influential and successful fashion houses of the early 20th century, was founded in 1895 by four sisters.

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Dancing across Europe: Danish prima ballerina Lucile Grahn

Lucile Grahn, the first Danish ballerina to became internationally famous and pursue a ballet career, danced on some of the most prestigious stages across Europe.

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#Nightingale2020: Remembering nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale 200 years after her birth

Learn more about the amazing life and work of Florence Nightingale’s and where to take part in the bicentenary celebrations of her birthday – #nightingale2020.

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5 ways to get involved with Women’s History Month on Europeana

March is Women’s History Month and Europeanaeu is featuring inspiring women in history using cultural heritage material from institutions across Europe. Discover 5 ways to get involved

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Folk Greek bridal gowns: the evolution of Greek bridal couture

Bridal dresses in traditional Greek culture are colorful, rich and vary a lot, depending on the region, the climate, available sources for textiles, as well as local traditions. This blog looks at the symbolism of clothing and jewellery in traditional Greek bridal dresses.

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Singer sewing machines: production on a grand scale

The tale of the Singer company and their world-changing sewing machines is one of industrialisation, emancipation, mass production, mass marketing, and a massive impact on the world.

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‘A woman’s work is never done’: women’s working history in Europe

Long before the home office was invented, working at home was already commonplace for one group within society: women.

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From earth goddess festival to family feast: the roots and guises of ‘Mother’s Day’

Throughout the world, the love, patience, dedication and commitment of mothers are honoured yearly on ‘Mother’s Day’. Many countries and cultures celebrate their mothers in the month of May, and treat the ‘leading lady’ of the family to a day of pampering, presents, festive food and extra doses of hugs. But did you know that […]

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From Russia with love: Misia Sert, queen of Paris

Misia Sert was one of the most intriguing and influential women in Belle Époque Paris, a muse and confidant to many of the iconic artists and composers of the time.

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