Pioneering Mothers of Indian Cinema
India’s first female actress, Kamlabai Kamat revolutionised Indian Cinema at 15
Dadasaheb Phalke is well known as the father of Indian Cinema. He learnt his art form London and published India’s first silent film titled Raja Harishchandra. As of 2014, Bollywood grosses upto ₹3,500 crore whilst back then, Phalke paid a waiter’s salary of ₹10 or ₹15 to his lead character.
Raja Harishchandra was an immediate hit. Although Dadasaheb Phalke had gone through a lot of efforts to find a female lead, he had to finally cast Salunke, a man, as a female. Subsequently, in this film many a man depicted females since the society barred the fairer sex from the silver screen.
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7 Facts About Coco Chanel that’ll Keep You Up at Night
Think You know everything about Coco Chanel? Think again. Did you know she was an established Nazi Spy?
This is something straight from an action thriller starring Angelina Jolie in the lead role: A secret double agent with guns and sass keeping baddies in their place. In reality, the plot thickens and gets more interesting. This secret double agent of ours is not just a spy but also a world renowned fashion designer. Uh huh, it’s Coco Chanel.
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Red Lipstick Taboos You Didn’t Know Existed
The Flamboyant Evolution of Red Lipsticks
I love a red lip – red is one of my favourite colours, and I really don’t wear many other lipstick colours than red.
Lipstick has been painting faces for centuries. It is a part of every cosmetic make up line. Every woman wears lipstick in her lifetime- be it for a party or to look silly during school concerts.
Nudes, mattes, glossy lipsticks are often in vogue and sometimes recede in the background. Despite this the lipstick is an imperative accessory in our make up kit.
Let’s talk about lipsticks, more accurately the sensual Red Lipstick.
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Votes For Women Through Deeds Not Words
Emmeline Pankhurst was the face of women’s suffrage in Britain. She created the ‘suffragettes’ and was instrumental in getting women the right to vote
“We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.”
In the 1860s at Manchester, Britain sat the Goulden family. This family of 12 were eating breakfast. The eldest amongst the 10 siblings, Emmeline was reading out the political supplement of the daily newspaper to her father.
At that point in time, universal suffrage had become a hot political topic. Many women and even a few men were demanding the British government to grant women the right to vote.
In the 19th century, under Queen Victoria, Britain was a superpower. The British Empire had strong holds in their colonies spanning the entire globe. Yet half of Britain’s population didn’t have a voice, that half were the women.
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A Woman In A Man’s World- Marie Curie
Marie Curie is one of the most famous scientists in the world. Yet she faced plenty obstacles being a woman in a man’s world
In the late 1800s, Poland was under Russian rule. Russians had dictated strict rules- no one was allowed to speak Polish and women were not given an opportunity for education. In this difficult times there were two young girls with a thirst to learn more. Read more about Marie Curie …
Around The World on a Bicycle
Annie ‘Londonderry’ was the first woman to travel alone around the world on a bicycle and fend for herself
Let us first look at the background behind Annie Londonderry’s historic trip around the world-
In the 1890s the suffragette movement was on in full swing in the major countries in the world like Britain, US, Australia and New Zealand. The two wheeled bicycle was looked upon as the perfect instrument for women emancipation.
Formerly bicycling for women was frowned upon. The Victorian society had stereotypical views when it came to women. Despite looking up to a Queen as their monarch, the people believed women to be fragile creatures who would faint easily and needed to be taken care of. The suffragettes wanted to change this.
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Soaring High: Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart was in love with aviation and she encouraged women to take up flying as well “Please know I am quite aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must […]
The Brain Behind Hercule Poirot How Agatha Christie created one of the most famous characters in history. A window into her mind…. Standing at 5ft 4’’ with an egg-shaped head and a well groomed moustache this favourite Belgian detective has captured our imagination time and again. We have used our little grey cells and tried […]
On The Top Of The World
Junko Tabei was the first woman to successfully climb Mt. Everest and break stereotypes. This is her story
It was a cold dark night. Nothing could be heard except for the swooshing wind. No birds chirping, no lights, no civilisation nearby. It was pitch black and scary. The snow fell in heaps, mercilessly.
In the midst of this, stood tents housing about 15 women and 6 Sherpas to guide them 9000ft above sea level. It was dangerous not to mention deadly. These 15 women were headed to an unprecedented feat- to become the first women to scale the Mt. Everest.
As of this time, they were resting, sound asleep to gain strength for their ascent the next day. Just then everything began shaking. There was a tremble and a lot of snow, huge amounts of snow, cast upon them. Inside their tents, they would be trampled. Junko Tabei woke up with a start. With quick thinking she unclasped the penknife from a cord on her neck and held it up. Just then another climber grabbed the knife and slit the tent. Yet Junko lost her consciousness.
On 4th May 1975, an avalanche had struck the group. Would they make it?
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The Woman Behind the Benz
How Bertha Benz helped finance one of the best car companies
“Two young boys and a woman on a hissing, thumping horseless carriage could only be the work of the Devil himself.” This is what people had to say when they saw Bertha Benz swish past them along with her teenage sons. Read more about Bertha Benz …