Women

Personal Touch Funeral Services

Pauline Miller is a human dynamo, an extraordinary woman with enough energy to light the whole of Brixton where her fledgling business is based. She launched her unique funeral planning service following a stressful time organising her own mother’s funeral and realising that, at such an emotionally charged time, people need a little more support… [Continue Reading]

Harriett Tubman

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad. Synopsis Harriet Tubman was an American bondwoman who escaped from slavery in the South to become a leading abolitionist before the American Civil War. She was born in Maryland in 1820,… [Continue Reading]

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, the groundbreaking poet and author who wrote I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is dead at 86. According to reports, a caretaker found her dead at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday morning. A police car, ambulance and a hearse were seen outside her home by 8.30am on Wednesday 25th… [Continue Reading]

Tesco strawberries fight: Determined pensioner did not live to see her victory

She was the “tenacious” pensioner who brought Tesco to its knees – but did not live to see her victory. Daphne Smallman was the campaigner who stood up to the might of the huge store chain in a David v Goliath battle over £1.99 punnets of strawberries. Convinced Tesco was misleading customers at its Sheldon… [Continue Reading]

Call centre worker visits 92-year-old burglary victim’s home on her lunch break

Customers normally have to queue for ages for the chance to speak to someone at their local bank. But one RBS advisor launched her own bank delivery service when she travelled to a war veteran’s home during her lunch break to help him following a break-in. Louis Butler, 92, said Victoria Mowbray had restored his… [Continue Reading]

Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole’s reputation after the Crimean War (1853-1856) rivalled Florence Nightingale’s. Unlike Nightingale, Seacole also had the challenge to have her skills put to proper use in spite of her being black. A born healer and a woman of driving energy, she overcame official indifference and prejudice. She got herself out to the war by… [Continue Reading]

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Names: Madikizela-Mandela, Winnie Born: 26 September 1936, Mbongweni, Transkei, Eastern Cape, South Africa In summary: ANC Political Activist and ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, President of ANCWL, member of the NEC of the ANC Winnie Madikizela was born in the village of Mbongweni, Bizana, in the Transkei. She was the… [Continue Reading]