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Throughout history, women and their contributions have often been overlooked. From nurses in the First World War to great queens, here we highlight some of their stories. As well as women who achieved high status and success, we also want to shine a light on those you might be less familiar with who have quietly shaped our way of life today.

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Women and typewriters

The introduction of the typewriter in the workplace had a huge impact on the role of women, both positive and negative. From its introduction in the 19th century, it created new opportunities for women in business, as employers and employees, and changed the way women would work forever.

Nursemellor Portrait Landscape

Nurse Mellor

Florence Mellor worked as a volunteer nurse treating wounded troops at Edenfield Auxiliary Hospital, Cupar, and then shell-shocked Officers at Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh.

Extract's from Nurse Mellor's autograph book
Jean Jenkins recording in Rajasthan

Jean Jenkins

When pioneering ethnomusicologist Jean Jenkins died in 1990, she left her internationally important collection of musical instruments, images and sound recordings to National Museums Scotland. 25 years later, her work continues to inspire.

The Jean Jenkins collection

Jean Muir

In a fashion career spanning more than 40 years, Jean Muir acquired a reputation for restrained, elegant design and a devoted following. Explore signature styles from the Jean Muir archive and discover what made her designs so innovative and enduring.

The Jean Muir Archive
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Mary of Guise

Mary of Guise, mother to Mary, Queen of Scots was a skilful politician with an influential role. As regent to her daughter, she was the first woman to rule in Scotland.

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Phoebe Anna Traquair

In 1920, Phoebe Anna Traquair became the first woman member of the Scottish Royal Academy, reflecting her status as a leading professional designer at a time when art and design were still dominated by men.

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Flora Macdonald

Flora Macdonald was involved in Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape from the Isle of Skye and it had made her something of a celebrity,

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Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, wife to Charles Rennie Mackintosh is highly regarded as a notable artist and designer of gesso panels and metalwork. Discover her contribution to the Art Nouveau and Art and Crafts movements.

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Dr Evelyn Baxter and Miss Leonora Rintoul

Meet 'the good ladies' of bird collecting, two pioneering ornithologists whose work is still influential today.

Dr Evelyn Baxter and Miss Leonora Rintoul
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