Let’s hear it for the GIRLS!

I feel the biggest pull towards writing historical fiction and the focal points of my novel are usually women from a historical period. I find it a thrill to give a voice to the real-life events that surround them and although written from a modern-day perspective, I tend to focus on the key emotions most women can relate to, love, hate, fairness, motherhood, romance, persecution etc.

Nothing in life is to be feared – Marie Curie

As a family, we love to visit castles and museums. I love to find stories that really capture the strength of character. We recently visited the Yorkshire Museum of Farming (which is very interesting). In amongst the many stories of men (Ford, Massey, Harris, Ferguson, Deere, etc), there was this brilliantly intriguing story of Lady Evelyn ‘Eve’ Balfour who bought her own farm at the age of 21 and began studying the chemical compounds of farming and led the way in more natural-less chemical-based farming.

Lady Evelyn ‘Eve’ Balfour

Belated entry to Marsha’s WQW – Women in History


14 thoughts on “Let’s hear it for the GIRLS!

  1. KL, this is a great “story.” Having lived in the heart of agriculture for much of my life, I had no idea that a woman had such an impact. History books focus on wars and disasters like the Great Depression. The things that have moved life along for the better often get left behind. This is one of those stories that should be in every California history book, at least! Fabulous post! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Marsha, isn’t it interesting? Especially with attitudes to organic farming and green spaces much more encouraged now. It sounds like she was a pioneer ahead of her time. 🙂 KL ❤

      1. I’m not sure how it would work, but maybe we can publish a give away of these wonderful posts about women for Women’s History Month. There were some awesome posts.

  2. I loved that story. My mother in laws parents came to the US from Switzerland and owned a small dairy in our small town. She has told many stories of the work she and her sister (no boys in the family) did on the farm. So fascinating.

    1. Wow! What an interesting history. I love hearing stories like that, something a bit unusual. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. 🙂 KL ❤

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