Mary Petherbridge started her career in a sector where women were poorly paid and found it hard to progress. 125 years later, little has changed.
Through her leadership of the Good Housekeeping Institute, Dorothy Cottington-Taylor equipped women to make light work of housework.
Ethel Watts was an accountant who knew that numbers mattered, particularly when it came to women's pay.
Sparky Margaret Partridge built a business lighting up villages in the 1920s
Going, going, gone: Evelyn Barlow made her mark in the sale room but was soon forgotten
Nancy Pearn is not a name we recognise now but a cast of 20th century authors would have had her on speed dial.