As we count down to the GDST Alumna of the Year Award 2018, we’re shining the spotlight on each of our trailblazing finalists. Here, we find out more about Bettany Hughes, alumna of Notting Hill and Ealing High School.
Professor Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. Her programmes for BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS and The History Channel – are watched by 250 million worldwide every year.
She has also published numerous books which have achieved widespread recognition, from Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4, to the New York Times Bestseller List, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the Writers Guild.
After much campaigning, Bettany was the first female historian to present a history series on television – in the year 2000! She has long drawn attention to women’s position in society with series such as Call Yourself a Feminist, Divine Women, Venus Uncovered and Banishing Eve. She was named as one of the BBC’s 100 Global Women, was asked to launch the UK’s Inspiring Women mentoring scheme, and has written extensively on the subject for national and international publications. Bettany stands on the Women of the World Committee. As a commentator, she is frequently asked to contribute to The Guardian, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Sunday Telegraph, Prospect Magazine and The New Statesman.
Bettany is also an honorary, founding patron of Classics for All, a national campaign to get classical languages and the study of classical civilisations back into state schools, and a long-standing patron and supporter of the educational and campaigning charity, The Iris Project.