Bell was a world- changer

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

I’m stag­gered your nom­i­nees failed to in­clude Gertrude Bell (1868–1926), the most in­flu­en­tial fe­male diplo­mat of all time: she played a crit­i­cal part in se­cur­ing the sup­port of Arab tribes against the Ot­toman em­pire in the First World War. As well as be­ing the only fe­male at the 1919 Paris Peace Con­fer­ence, she was the first woman to write a par­lia­men­tary white pa­per and she had a crit­i­cal role as a par­tic­i­pant at the 1921 Cairo Con­fer­ence.

When not ‘chang­ing the world’ she sourced new Alpine routes, had a peak named after her, mapped out Mid­dle East an­tiq­ui­ties, pi­o­neered ar­chi­tec­tural pho­tog­ra­phy, and founded the Na­tional Li­brary of Iraq and the Baghdad Mu­seum.

When she died, Ge­orge V ranked her with Florence Nightin­gale and Marie Curie, but ap­par­ently she is not in­flu­en­tial enough for BBC His­tory Magazine. Ged Parker, Wash­ing­ton

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