She Merchants: Elizabeth Murray

by Alycia Asai Think of the history makers in business. Who comes to mind? Magnates such as Rockefeller and Ford? Now think of women business owners and leaders. Name anyone? If you found yourself stuck, you are not alone. Most would be hard-pressed to name a woman known for her role in developing a business. … Continue reading She Merchants: Elizabeth Murray

Untold Women’s Histories – the African diaspora in Cornwall

by Charlotte MacKenzie The presence of women of African descent in eighteenth century Cornwall has been overlooked. Attention has rightly focused first on African narratives including Olaudah Equiano’s arrival at Falmouth in 1755. Outline biographies including occupations and family relationships can be reconstructed for some women of African descent.  Cornwall was a centre of transatlantic … Continue reading Untold Women’s Histories – the African diaspora in Cornwall

Elizabeth Elliot – The First Woman Printer in Cornwall

by Charlotte MacKenzie In eighteenth century Cornwall most women worked - including some who were independent traders. Some women organised to help each other financially by forming local friendly societies. By 1801 bookshops in eight Cornish towns were Lane’s circulating libraries with popular titles marketed to women readers. There were also local ladies’ book clubs. … Continue reading Elizabeth Elliot – The First Woman Printer in Cornwall