Olympic Girls: Brianne Theisen-Eaton

A little while ago I wrote about Jessica Ennis-Hill’s Olympic glory and her journey to retaining her title. One woman who is aiming to stop her is Canadian athlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton. Brianne competed in a number of different sports while in high school but it...

Political Powerhouses: Hedy Fry

For almost 25 years Hedy Fry has been a member of the Canadian parliament (MP) following a successful medical career. Most of her time in politics has centered on helping immigrants with other roles focusing on health and Canadian heritage. Hedy was born in Trinidad...

Alice Isaacson

Alice Isaacson was born in Ireland in 1874 and emigrated to America with her family shortly after her birth. Alice received her nursing training at St. Luke’s Hospital, Iowa and the Chicago Lying-In Hospital. Until the start of World War One in 1914, little is...

Lena Ashwell

Lena Ashwell (28 September 1872 – 13 March 1957) is different from many of our other heroines in that she was not a nurse, nor a soldier, but rather an entertainer. Sounds strange right? But the First World War was the first war that entertainers mobilised to go...

Nora Pennington

The story of Nora Pennington and her contribution to the war effort is a prime example of oral history of the First World War. David Gleason, a school friend of Pennington, is quoted in Jacqueline Kent’s work In the Half Light as saying, We began hearing a lot...

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