Spotlight on Women Writers: Isabel Allende

Today in my Reading Women series for Women’s History Month, I wanted to spotlight a female author that I love and teaches me something completely new with each book I read. Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American feminist author and journalist who has written over twenty books which evoke culture, social justice, politics, personal history and…

Dynastic Strategist, Architectural Patroness and Businesswoman: Bess of Hardwick

Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury by Unknown Artist, probably 17th century based on a work c.1590, oil on canvas (on display Montacute House, NPG 203) Elizabeth Talbot, or, as she is more commonly known, Bess of Hardwick, was born into a Derbyshire gentry family that became increasingly impoverished and subjected her childhood to hardships, but…