Notable Sussex Women – Hardback


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By Helena Wojtczak

Among the 580 outstanding women featured in this pageant of achievement are a lady who proved the earth was flat – and two who circumnavigated it; a gardener with terrapins in her bra; white woman who led a protest march of twenty thousand black Africans; a female colonel who married a woman; the inventor of the A-Z; a Gaiety Girl who became an MP; a survivor of the Titanic disasters, a woman who climbed and perished on K2; an heiress who gave away £12million; the first female doctor, surgeon, prison governor, prison inspector, ordained minister; the founders of the Women’s Police Service; Girton College; Norland nannies; suffragettes who torched an MP’s house, sailed over Westminster in a balloon; died for the cause; the first female pilot to fly Halifax bombers; the wealthiest prostitute in London; the first celebrity ballroom dancer; the first TV chef; a double bigamist; the first Englishwoman to swim the Channel; a rally driver who beat Stirling Moss; a beautiful actress from whose slipper men drank champagne; the pioneer of allotments; The Lady of the Nuggets; the Queen of Chess; the Silver Lady; the Queen of the Witches; a harpsichordist with a ménage a cinq; writers of books deemed obscene and grossly immoral; the richest working woman in the world; an instigator of a hundred court cases; the photographer who was a Russian spy; Siamese Twin entertainers; a secretary to six British Prime Ministers; Jim’s Wife – who was married to Clement; a competitor in thirteen Wimbledon finals; a countess who founded sixty chapels; a nun who designed Doulton china; a titled lady who bred silkworms; the first heroines to receive the Military Medal and Lloyd’s Medal for Bravery at Sea.

304 pages. 110 photographs