WOMEN in history card game

History Heroes: WOMEN in history card game

History Heroes could only have ever launched its new game: WOMEN in history this 8th March: on International Women’s Day and in Women’s History Month. Both events offer a fantastic opportunity for all of us to consider and appreciate some of the amazing women in history.

When people discover History Heroes card games, they sometimes ask, How many women are in this game? Its a good question. Each History Heroes game contains 40 of the greatest characters in history in its respective theme, stretching from 2000 years ago to the present day. We work hard to have as global and inclusive a range of characters as possible in each game within the rigours of the brief. Covering 2000 years of history, however, puts women at a disadvantage: In our game of SCIENTISTS, for example, when you start with Archimedes and Aristotle, a large percentage of renowned male scientists in history scoop up the places in the game before you even reach Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin and the like.There are amazing women in each History Heroes game but they have been in the minority…up until now with WOMEN in history! Creating WOMEN in history by choosing 40 of the greatest women in history was quite a challenge. History Heroes newest game was born out of much-heated discussion among History Heroes panel of experts and consultants. History Heroes MD, Alexandra Ehrmann, explains, It was particularly hard, deciding which women should feature in our top 40 as the candidates come from such a diverse range and all have achieved amazing feats. Each character had to really fight for her place as one of the most significant women in history. Many characters will be familiar to all – from Cleopatra to our present-day Elizabeth II; from Catherine the Great to today’s Angela Merkel. There are female monarchs, political leaders, scientists, artists, writers and performers. There are explorers and campaigners too, many who have risked their lives for their causes. All are inspirational and all have contributed significantly to the shape of our world today. We have to admit to a couple of favourites: one is Mary Wollstonecraft, who wrote and argued for equal rights and education for women in the 18th Century –a woman, extraordinarily ahead of her time. She left an amazing legacy in her work…and in her daughter, Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein of course. Another is the American writer, Maya Angelou. One of the most honoured writers of her generation, she also managed to be a Civil Rights activist, a poet, singer, actor, theatre, television and film producer AND director. She was even the first African-American cable car conductor in San Francisco at the ripe old age of 14! To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March, schools in Hampshire will be using History Heroes: WOMEN in history card game to run a series of hot air balloon debates. Teams of children will each choose a character from the game to present in their respective school’s debates. They will defend their characters, using the facts on the characters cards. After a robust debate, all the children in each school will vote on the last woman remaining in their hot air balloon. We can’t wait to hear which WOMEN in history managed to stay in the balloon: it’s going to be a tough battle. We wouldn’t want to be battling it out with Margaret Thatcher, Madonna, Joan of Arc and Cleopatra!

There are amazing women in each History Heroes game but they have been in the minority…up until now with WOMEN in history! Creating WOMEN in history by choosing 40 of the greatest women in history was quite a challenge. History Heroes newest game was born out of much-heated discussion among History Heroes panel of experts and consultants. History Heroes MD, Alexandra Ehrmann, explains, It was particularly hard, deciding which women should feature in our top 40 as the candidates come from such a diverse range and all have achieved amazing feats. Each character had to really fight for her place as one of the most significant women in history. Many characters will be familiar to all – from Cleopatra to our present-day Elizabeth II; from Catherine the Great to today’s Angela Merkel. There are female monarchs, political leaders, scientists, artists, writers and performers. There are explorers and campaigners too, many who have risked their lives for their causes. All are inspirational and all have contributed significantly to the shape of our world today. We have to admit to a couple of favourites: one is Mary Wollstonecraft, who wrote and argued for equal rights and education for women in the 18th Century –a woman, extraordinarily ahead of her time. She left an amazing legacy in her work…and in her daughter, Mary Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein of course. Another is the American writer, Maya Angelou. One of the most honoured writers of her generation, she also managed to be a Civil Rights activist, a poet, singer, actor, theatre, television and film producer AND director. She was even the first African-American cable car conductor in San Francisco at the ripe old age of 14! To celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March, schools in Hampshire will be using History Heroes: WOMEN in history card game to run a series of hot air balloon debates. Teams of children will each choose a character from the game to present in their respective school’s debates. They will defend their characters, using the facts on the characters cards. After a robust debate, all the children in each school will vote on the last woman remaining in their hot air balloon. We can’t wait to hear which WOMEN in history managed to stay in the balloon: it’s going to be a tough battle. We wouldn’t want to be battling it out with Margaret Thatcher, Madonna, Joan of Arc and Cleopatra!

WOMEN in history card game
WOMEN in history card game