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‘The Most Talked Of Woman In England’ – Roberta Cowell In Our Newspapers

In March 1954 news broke that former Second World War fighter pilot and racing driver Roberta Cowell¬†(1918-2011)¬†had become the first known British transgender woman to undergo gender affirmation surgery, an important part of British LGBTQ+ history. Roberta Cowell, or Betty as she was known to her friends, soon became the ‘most talked of woman in England,’ making headlines across national and regional newspapers. And the way that Roberta used print media to tell her own story is a story in

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