Portraits in the Characters of the Muses in the Temple of Apollo, by Richard Samuel (1778) © National Portrait Gallery, London

Although not allowed to study at university, women in 18th-century England still found ways to join – and challenge – the scholarly world.

Speaking truth to power:  Dolle Mina in Margriet’s offices,  20 February 1970.

Throughout the 1970s, the feminist group Dolle Mina combined radical protests with conceptual art.

Sexual exploitation by powerful men has a long history. Will it ever end?

Winning the vote meant millions of women needed a party to represent them in Parliament. Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst founded one, with limited success.

In the POW camps of the Second World War, soldiers found release – from the conditions and from the all-male company – in female impersonation.

Helena Born and Helen Tufts Bailie under an umbrella, 1896.

The lives of six Victorian radicals shed light on the struggle to establish feminism, social reform and the Labour movement.

The work of military nurses at Passchendaele transformed the perception of women’s war service, showing they could perform life-saving work and risk their lives at the front.

As the Industrial Revolution wrought widespread social changes, female cotton industry workers’ lives changed dramatically.

One among many: the Chevalier d’Eon, by Thomas Stewart,  18th century.  © Bridgeman Images;

Writing a history of transgender people poses unique problems.

Women's issues: the revamped 'Femail' section, 1969

The British newspaper revolutionised the market by appealing to female readers, even though its attitude towards sexual politics has often been ambivalent, argues Adrian Bingham.