Who was Anne Boleyn? Read the history books, and you get the facts: Anne Boleyn (1501- 1536) was the Tudor sister who became the Queen of England, the mother of Elizabeth I, and the tragic love of King Henry VIII who had her beheaded after only 1000 days of marriage. But read the countless poems, biographies and movie scripts, and you get the picture: by daring to dream, Anne Boleyn stubbornly and singlehandedly changed the course of history.
The daughter of a sheriff, Anne educated herself at Europe’s most sophisticated courts and became a beguiling power player. She wasn’t a typical English Rose, but used her eyes – ‘black and beautiful’ – to tease and tempt. ‚Intelligent, spirited and courageous’, is how Thomas Cromwell described her. When King Henry VIII fell for her, Anne dared to hold out for the big prize: she demanded he set aside his wife of over 20 years and change the very faith of England. He gladly succumbed. Anne gave birth to ‘sweet, pale’ future queen Elizabeth, but when 3 unsuccessful pregnancies followed, Henry had his queen executed on (false) charges of adultery and incest. The end? Not quite! Because since her death, Anne Boleyn has been reborn as a legendary femme fatale and a feminist heroine. In other words: a woman who, against all odds, dared to be.
Governed by NO ONE
Flame-haired, brave-hearted and always dressed to dazzle, Elizabeth the First, also known as England’s ‘Virgin Queen’, is one of the most unforgettable women in history. Her glorious reign is known as The Golden Age ~ a period that saw the birth of Shakespeare, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the emergence of England as a world power. It lasted almost 45 years; Elizabeth’s legacy as a feminist icon however, has already spanned nearly 5 centuries. “My sex cannot diminish my prestige.”
Only 11 days after he beheaded his second wife (the flamboyant Anne Boleyn), King Henry VIII married a pale, fair-haired maiden called Jane Seymour. Who exactly was this girl, and what had made the king so besotted with her? To this day, historians don’t quite know what to make of her.
Glamour, the magical power of persuasion
„Dare to be the CEO of your own career“
Who run this (digital) world? For Saskia Van Uffelen, the answer to that question is crystal clear: women. And what better role model for these women than the passionate CEO of Ericsson Belux herself? Named ICT Woman of the Year in 2011, Belgian-born Saskia is a great inspiration -not only as a digital visionary but also as a top manager who gracefully combines a hectic job with a family of five children. „In disruptive times, we need women.“