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Betty Boothroyd, first female speaker of the house, died aged 93

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• In a tough era for women, Betty Boothroyd smashed parliament's glass ceiling (Opens in a new window).
• Who needs a McCartney-Jagger supergroup when you have Belinda Carlisle, Dolly Parton and Debbie Harry (Opens in a new window)?! (£)
• What happens if we forget that a chatbot isn't human (Opens in a new window)?
• Turns out you don't have to walk 10,000 steps (Opens in a new window) a day after all...
• Learning to love – or at least live in – an "empty nest (Opens in a new window)".
• "I was told I couldn't be a style icon at 57 (Opens in a new window)" (tell that to Jane Birkin...) (£)
Older female writers (Opens in a new window) are finally breaking through.
• Feeling drab, despondent, deflated? How to feel alive again. (Opens in a new window)

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