Jane Tomlinson

These are the inspirational Leeds women who have changed the world

These are some of the Leeds heroines whose achievements we're celebrating this International Women's Day.

They were all born or lived in the city.

A Caribbean migrant who came to Leeds from St Kitts in 1956, Gertrude became the city's first black headteacher and an important community leader in Chapeltown who founded the West Indian Carnival. She died in 1992.

5. Gertrude Paul

A Caribbean migrant who came to Leeds from St Kitts in 1956, Gertrude became the city's first black headteacher and an important community leader in Chapeltown who founded the West Indian Carnival. She died in 1992.
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The racing cyclist from Morley won seven world titles. She even set a women's record for the 12-hour time trial which exceeded the men's record for two years. Died aged 58 of heart failure during a social ride.

6. Beryl Burton

The racing cyclist from Morley won seven world titles. She even set a women's record for the 12-hour time trial which exceeded the men's record for two years. Died aged 58 of heart failure during a social ride.
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The Leeds boxer is the first woman to win an Olympic medal in the sport at London 2012; she later followed up her achievements by retaining her gold at Rio 2016. Has now turned professional.

7. Nicola Adams

The Leeds boxer is the first woman to win an Olympic medal in the sport at London 2012; she later followed up her achievements by retaining her gold at Rio 2016. Has now turned professional.
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The writer was raised in Armley and worked as a typist before her first book was published in 1979. After A Woman of Substance sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, it entered the top 10 list of all-time bestsellers.

8. Barbara Taylor Bradford

The writer was raised in Armley and worked as a typist before her first book was published in 1979. After A Woman of Substance sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, it entered the top 10 list of all-time bestsellers.
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