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Who Was Miss Hooper?

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Who was Miss Hooper?

 Copyright: Larry Herman


My parents met Gertrude Hooper when they were out walking in the Preseli Mountains, in 1970, and my father photographed her with her sheepdog in the snow that day.

Caught at that moment by the camera, she’s always appeared afraid of any contact. She makes an intriguing sight, wrapped up against the elements. You can’t see her face, but this isn’t the only source of mystery – there is also wonder about what she’s doing out there in the hills and how she can even survive, seemingly against the odds. A woman alone …

Women’s History Month: Pandita Ramabai

On 11 March 1889 the Indian activist known as Pandita Ramabai opened her Sharada Sadan (or Home for Learning) in Chowpatty, an area of Mumbai (which was then, under the British Raj, known as Bombay). She designed this institution to further a cause dear to her heart: security and an education for Hindu women who were widowed young. With this, after spending five years abroad in England and the USA, Pandita Ramabai launched her mission to improve the lives and opportunities of Indian women.

She was born as Ramabai Dongre, a high-caste Brahmin. While she was still very young her …

Women’s History Month: Caroline Herschel

On 5 March 1777 Caroline Herschel made her first appearance as a professional singer (her brother William conducting), at the Upper Assembly Rooms at Bath in Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabeus.This information comes from Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present, but Herschel is unusual among the authors with entries in Orlando because she is not remembered primarily as a writer but as an astronomer: in her lifetime “the only woman in Britain to earn her living from the pursuit of science.” So for those who notice her singing debut in “This Day …

LGBT History Month: Bessie Craigmyle (1863-1933)

On 27 February 1933, Bessie Craigmyle was sitting by her fireside reading a newspaper. Two days earlier she had observed the forty sixth anniversary of the death of “the friend of her life” Maggie Dale.  Possibly she dozed off; at any rate the newspaper slipped into the fire, caught alight and set fire to her skirts.  Neighbours heard Craigmyle’s cries for help and smothered the flames. She was badly burned and taken to hospital. There her heart failed and she died in the early hours of 28 February. Her death certificate was signed by Dr Mary Esslemont, the daughter of …