7 of the Most Amazing Cornish Women You NEED to know!

7 of the Most Amazing Cornish Women You NEED to know!

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Perhaps not purposely hidden, the roles that women have played in history are often overlooked. Yet they make up 51% of our population. Of course, the tide continues to change. Women’s voices are heard more often in decision-making and on public platforms. Inspirational women like Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai and Laverne Cox all give women voices and continue to change the power balance of the modern-day world. Yet, great gaps remain in our knowledge of individual contributions by women to Cornish history. Who were they, what did they do? Stories about fish jowsters, balmaidens and the Cornish Land Army have unique histories in Cornwall.

So in this article, we thought we’d give our Top 10 Inspirational Cornish Women from different points in history.

Elizabeth Treffy of Fowey.

Nicknamed ‘Cornwall’s Joan of Arc’, Elizabeth Treffry kept French marauders from besieging her family home at Place House in Fowey in 1457. Treffry bravely rallied troops, and fortified the   Place by pouring boiling lead from the ramparts onto their heads. Her feat was immortalised in he poem ‘The Lady of Place’, by Henry Sewell Stokes.

Elizabeth Carne of Hayle

This extraordinary woman breached many barriers as author, scientist, artist-illustrator, banker and traveller. She was also elected a member of the Royal Geological Society in Cornwall, an unusual appointment for a woman at her time. E_Carne_portrait (1)

Dora Russell of Porthcurno.

British author, feminist and social compaigner. Championed the use of birth control in the working class, started a progressive school in 1927, and after World War II, campaigned for worldwide nuclear disarmenment.

Rowena Cade of Lamorna

Designer and builder of the world famous Minack Theatre, Miss Cade dragged the granite herself to build up the magnificent ampitheatre, and with her helpers, set it on its popular theatrical course.CadePlaque.c

Emily Stackhouse of Probus

Scientist and botanical illustrator, Stackhouse collected and painted flowers throughout the British Isles. Many of her watercolours show that she had collected specific plants earlier than their supposed discovery in Cornwall, and she is now acknowledged that she collected and classified nearly all of British mosses.

Emily Hobhouse of St Ives

A Cornish welfare campaigner and humanitarian, who brought public and widespread attention to the abhorrent conditions of British-run concentration camps in the 2nd Boer War. Known as ‘that bloody woman’ by Lord Kitchener.hobhouse_(fisher)

Helen Glover of Penzance

Ranked the number 1 female rower in the world since 2015, Glover has gone strength to strength in her sporting career. Double Olympic Champion, Helen won Team GB’s first ever gold in the 2012 Olympic Games, and defended her title in the 2016 Rio Games.

Dora Russell of Porthcurno.

British author, feminist and social compaigner. Championed the use of birth control in the working class, started a progressive school in 1927, and after World War II, campaigned for worldwide nuclear disarmenment.

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