Well yes, it could be the strapline to the start of a new year in a girls’ school! However, in this case it’s the title of Amanda Foreman’s new series on BBC2. In the first episode – available on iPlayer now – she travels from the Eurasian steppes to the sites of other early civilisations, and explores how early civilisations dealt with the roles and status of women. Broad sweeping history for the start of term, and 3 more episodes to follow. Enjoy!