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					Great British Women

Women of today have got a lot to be thankful for. If you were born in the
early 1900s you would be expected to be the heart of the family, stay
home, cook, clean, be a great month and wife. Pleasing men and raising
children was all women had to look forward too! Thank goodness things
have changed. When WWII came, there became a shortage of men in the
workforce, which gave women the chance to work real jobs. Some great
British women along the way have women in their quest to becoming equal
and have the same opportunities as men do.

Every woman in the country should be grateful for Frances Buss. She was a
pioneer of female education and helped changed the way girls were taught
in school. By the age of 14 she was teaching herself and often left in
charge of the school. She became the first head mistress of Camden School
for Girls. She campaigned to allow girls to sit examinations and enter
universities. She also helped Josephine Butler with her campaigns against
the white slave trade. In her life time Francees provided the kind of
education that enabled her students to have academic careers. Other
schools followed suit and thanks to Buss women of the modern world can go
all the way with their education and chose a career rather than just
become a mother and housekeeper.

The late Princess Diana is the most iconic faces of the past century. One
of the most photographed and talked about women, she brought the Royal
family into the 21 century and her legacy lives on through her children
William and Harry. During her short life she used her popularity to
campaign tirelessly on issues including AIDS, homelessness and landmines.
She also supported a number of charities and was one of the first high
profile celebrities to touch someone suffering with HIV.

Diana was refreshing compared to previous royals and always spoke
honestly about her own personal struggles. Her 'girl power' shone through
her troubled times and people could relate to her. Sadly the country went
into morning when she was tragically killed in a car accident in Paris on
31st August 1997. What she meant to women and men for that matter can be
seen in the media footage of that time.

Queen Elizabeth II has spent pretty much her whole life being dedicated
to her role of Queen. She really is an inspiration and someone British
women should be very proud of. She first came to the throne on June 2,
1953 after news that her father King George VI had died. She is the first
British monarch to have celebrated a Diamond Wedding Anniversary but also
the first to see three of her children divorce. Her grandson Prince
William or now known as the Duke of Cambridge says his grandmother the
Queen is his biggest role model. William is in direct line to the throne
and should one day become king.

Jane Austin is the undisputed queen of English literature. She lived a
relatively short life from 1775 to 1817 and didn't really get the credit
that was due until after her death. During her short life she wrote
romantic fiction which all went to become adaptations. Sense and
Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Mansfield Park are what she is
most famous for. All of her books gave an insight into the lives of the
middle and upper classes in early 19th century women. She gave remarkable
social observations which can still be seen in society today. 200 years
on her observations are still relevant and novels more popular than ever.
There are many fan websites and tours which you can go on honouring this
remarkable author.

There are many more great British women who have played a special part in
the evolution of women in Britain today. Perhaps you reading this are one
in the making. I just hope that one day all women from all cultures and
religions will eventually cut the ties from men and be free.

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