The Yorkshire lasses we love

As if rolling dales, proper pubs, hearty grub and the warmest folk in the land weren't enough, England's largest county has a cracking line-up of amazing women who hail from there.

To celebrate Yorkshire Day (August 1st) we thought we'd celebrate five of our favourite Yorkshire lasses. Pour yourself a nice hot brew and have a read…

Amy Johnson CBE
What a woman. Famous for spearheading female aviation back in the 1930s, she was the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia. And this was a flight without radio links or weather forecasts. Just her, a map (an actual map), a ruler and her second-hand Gipsy Moth plane named Jason.


Born in Hull, and dubbed one of the most influential and inspirational women of the twentieth century, she set a string of records throughout her career until she sadly died aged just 37 when her plane vanished over the Thames Estuary.

Dame Judi Dench
There's nothing not to love about this incredible stage and screen actress and author from York. With a career spanning 60 years, the seven-time Oscar nominee recently spoke about her active sex life at age 84 and had a 'Carpe diem' tattoo for her 81st birthday. *Applause.

Patron to countless charities, she's proud of her Yorkshire roots and is also an honorary president of the Bronte Society in Haworth, which brings us nicely on to our next group of icon women…


Charlotte, Anne and Emily Bronte
Our most cherished sisterhood. The young authors and poets achieved great success in the mid 1800s with Wuthering Heights, Agnes Grey and Jane Eyre, among many other epic novels. But the wild, passionate and sometimes violent content in their books caused a huge sensation! As did the mystery of the authors' identities, as they were published under male pseudonyms for many years.

Tragically, they all died of tuberculosis within a few years of each other. Anne died aged 29, Emily at 30 and Charlotte at 38, just months after she got married.

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill
Ah, this Sheffield superstar! Her victory in the heptathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games was one of the proudest moments of womankind. She was mind-blowing. And not in just one event. In SEVEN! And she's also got three World Championships in the bag. All this when she was supposed to be 'too small to succeed' and after suffering serious injury and then coming back from childbirth to triumph again.

She retired after the 2016 Rio Olympics as one of Britain's greatest ever athletes and we cannot think of a better role model for our little women.


Baroness Betty Boothroyd

From working class Dewsbury in the 1930s to the House of Commons in 1992, Betty Boothroyd was remarkably the first and only elected female Speaker in the 700-year history of the House.

She spent eight years kicking rowdy MPs into touch with her famously forthright style, gaining respect from both sides of the House with her combination of wit, warmth and fair-mindedness. More women with these qualities in politics, please! She turns 90 this year and we've yet to see a picture of her without a bold red lip.