Defying a Dictator: The Mirabal Sisters, by Poppy Merrifield

Throughout history, women have often played a pivotal but underappreciated role in political resistance. Traditional gender norms of the mid-20th century placed women in less political roles; they were subservient housewives. In reality, many women have been crucial in the fight against totalitarian regimes, the Mirabals illustrating as such.

‘William Dorsey Swann: From Slavery to ‘The Queen of Drag’, by Kimberly Parry

On the night of January 14, 1887, in Washington DC, the drag queen was born, or at least the concept of the drag queen was revealed to the American public. Prior to this date, her Majesty William Dorsey Swann arranged balls in which men gathered in gowns of satin and silk and sashayed the night away. Such events went on for years, yet the existence of drag balls was only exposed to the American public on the night of January 14th, when the ball was raided by police. According to The Washington Critic, ‘six coloured men’ dressed in ‘female attire’ were arrested as ‘suspicious persons’.

Recovering Indigenous Viewpoints: to what extent can we recover indigenous reactions to European colonisation in Brazil? By Alvaro Novais Freire

When Pêro Vaz de Caminha arrived in Brazil on the 22nd of April 1500 aboard Pedro Alvares Cabral’s voyage of ‘discovery’, he was awestruck. The letter he wrote to the Portuguese King Manuel I is in stark contrast to those written by other explorers of the period.