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Carl Cederström photographed by Eva Dahlin/OR Books

“He covered my mouth with his hand and introduced his penis. I thought my last hour had arrived. I had the feeling my stomach was turning.” These are(...)

Edna O’Brien

The 2018 Hay Festival, in collaboration with The Pool, published this list of 100 books by women, including works by Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Maria(...)

Jane Jacobs: the architectural critic and writer who would come to play David to Robert Moses’ Goliath

In 1961, the legendary city planner Robert Moses returned a manuscript to the publisher Random House with a short, sharp note: “I am returning the boo(...)

 Helen Gurley Brown and her husband, David Brown, in their home in New York on March 11, 1970. Photograph:  Librado Romero/The New York Times

Helen Gurley Brown had an epiphany as a young woman, and it would inform a great many things she said and did in adult life: Sex is a great democrati(...)

Betty Friedan: ‘It is, perhaps, beside the point to remark that bowling alleys and supermarkets have nursery facilities, while schools and colleges and scientific laboratories and government offices do not, ’ she wrote in The Feminine Mystique. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

From sultry pop stars advertising luxury yogurt with “chocolatey balls” (Nicole Scherzinger, j’accuse), to women in Tallaght having to drag buggies, b(...)

Beyoncé: The singer features in a new campaign that urges girls to take leadership without the fear of being labelled ‘bossy.’ Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

The first thing to land in my inbox on International Women’s Day last Saturday was an email from Agent Provocateur, the posh, sexy lingerie company(...)

Food security is becoming more of a worry. Irish livestock had to be fed this year with French fodder, imported at enormous expense. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Shannon Hayes, an American of Irish descent, describes her younger self as “ravenously ambitious”. When she was 16, she attended high school by day an(...)

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, with Patrick Macnee as John Steed, in the 1960s television series The Avengers. Photograph: PA

You’d expect an interview with Diana Rigg to cast some nostalgic vapours about the place. Sure enough, in her recent chat with the (...)