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colour photograph of three long dresses against a black background, one dress is orange, one is silver, one is red
The bias cut and Madeleine Vionnet

Femininity as encounter of technology and sensuality in the 1920s and 1930s

Why the shamrock is a symbol of Ireland

How Saint Patrick explained the holy trinity

six young women lined up at the beginning of a running race
School sports: photographs from the Rathdown School Archive

Archive photographs from a girls school in Dublin

Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo: identity in art

Role model for generations of artists, bisexual women and people with disabilities

Siw Malmkvist, Swedish singer and actress

The first Swede to hit the US charts

Black-and-white photograph. A group of Chinese servants and officials pose in ornate clothing, with the empress Cixi in a wooden carrier in the middle of the frame.
Empress Cixi, the last woman to rule China

In the 19th century, when Queen Victoria was on the throne, another woman was governing a world power on the opposite side of the globe: Empress Dowager Cixi.

The women behind Beauty and the Beast

Meet the authors and illustrators who brought the fairy tale to life

Madame Delait, the bearded lady

Clémentine Delait found fame in the early 1900s

Eartha Kitt: singer, actor and activist

Known for her distinctive singing style and voice, Eartha Kitt was active in social causes in the 1950s and 1960s

Swimmer and survivor: Hungarian Olympic champion Éva Székely

Olympic gold medallist who survived the Holocaust and lived through the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

The Nordic Black Theatre in Oslo

Multicultural theatre company inspiring new generations of performers

Confronting oppression through politics, literature and music

Vocalising against oppression

Mother tongues: four languages of the African diaspora

Poetry, writing and music in Guadeloupe Creole, Twi, Ewe and Xhosa

Frederick Douglass in Europe

Transatlantic perspectives on American abolitionist and anti-slavery campaigner

Salomon Rosenbaum & Jewish life in Sweden

Jewish immigrant Rosenbaum ran a drapery store in Sundsvall for decades

Audre Lorde, James Baldwin & Astrid Roemer

Three Black authors from the Americas who have lived in Europe

Michaél Mac Liammóir & Hilton Edwards

Partners & pioneers of Irish theatre

Love for life: the mandarin duck

A bright-coloured mohawk, green forehead, orange sideburns, purple collar and perching toes: not your idea of a dream date? The mandarin duck could make you reconsider!

Miriam Makeba - Mama Africa

Singer-songwriter and advocate for the rights of Black people across the world

Patrick Kelly: American roots, Parisian style

African-American fashion designer Kelly broke barriers in the stiff European fashion industry