100 Pioneering Women

100 Pioneering Women


Publication Date: 1 March 2018
Price: £7.95
ISBN: 978 1 85514 746 1
Format: 150 x 150mm
Illustrations: 100
Extent: 176pp
Binding: Paperback
Category: Art/British History/Women’s
Word Count: c.11,000 words

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This richly illustrated gift book presents 100 pioneering women from the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. From Elizabeth I to Zaha Hadid, this book celebrates the accomplishments of women throughout history, highlighting not only well-known pioneers but also women whose stories have been forgotten.


100 Pioneering Women presents a selection of images of remarkable women who have defied the expectations of their gender and made extraordinary contributions to British life over the past four centuries. An introduction from the National Portrait Gallery’s Senior Curator of Eighteenth Century Collections considers the representation of women in its Collection and the efforts being made to redress historical imbalances through the acquisition of portraits of notable women from the last four centuries.

Extended captions provide context for each sitter’s life and work and remind us of the impact of women in spheres as diverse as politics, science and medicine, the arts, engineering and law. This book features some of the National Portrait Gallery’s most famous sitters – Queen Elizabeth I, writer and women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft, scientist Dorothy Hodgkin and architect and businesswoman Zaha Hadid – as well as paintings and photographs of lesserknown women whose influence is equally significant. A recently acquired portrait of anti-FGM campaigner and psychotherapist Leyla Hussein, a photograph of Rose Heilbron, the first woman to female judge to sit at the Old Bailey, and a self-portrait by Angelica Kauffmann, one of the founding members of the Royal Academy, are also included in this highly illustrated publication.

Sitters include:

Mary Beale, Aphra Behn, Julia Margaret Cameron, Carol Ann Duffy, Queen Elizabeth I, Rosalind Franklin, Germaine Greer, Zaha Hadid, Bess of Hardwick, Octavia Hill, Dorothy Hodgkin, Angelica Kauffmann, Laura Knight, Ada Lovelace, Queen Mary I, Emmeline Pankhurst, Mary Quant, Stella Rimington, Mary Seacole, Sarah Siddons, Margaret Thatcher, Ninette de Valois, Rebecca West, Mary Wollstonecraft, Malala Yousafzai