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Alice Stewart and the link between foetal x-rays and childhood cancer

Alice Stewart’s research on the risks of X-rays to unborn children was ground-breaking, but made her unpopular. It took a long time for her 1958 paper to find recognition, but she carried on with her research into the dangers of radiation. As part of our series on women's history, Sarah Gillam looks at Stewart's life and work.

Sarah Gillam
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Hunger strikes and handkerchiefs

A handkerchief embroidered by suffrage campaigners imprisoned in Holloway Prison in 1912 is testimony to the women’s courage, resilience and inventiveness.

Sarah Backhouse
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Wartime nursing: women on the frontlines

As part of our season of posts about women’s history, today we welcome Holly Carter-Chappell, collections officer at the Florence Nightingale Museum, writing about nursing during the First World War.

Katie Birkwood
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A woman ahead of her time: Dame Hilda Lloyd

As part of our season of posts about women’s history, today we welcome Peter Basham, curator at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, writing about the RCOG’s first woman president, Hilda Lloyd (1891–1982).

Katie Birkwood