WSPU postcard of Flora Drummond, Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst arrested on 13 October 1908, on a charge of conduct likely to provoke a breach of the peace; from  LSE Library’s collections, 7JCC/O/02/064…


The Home Front, WHN Conference image 2014. Image courtesy Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service…


Eleanor Rathbone campaigning (unsuccessfully) for election as an independent candidate for East Toxteth in Liverpool in 1922; from LSE Library’s collections COLL MISC 1104…

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The Women’s Land Army in Britain during the Second World War; from the collections of The Imperial War Museum (IWM non commercial licence).…


1970s London from the series On a Good Day by Al Vandenberg; © Victoria and Albert Museum, London…


WSPU waitresses at a fund-raising event at The Women’s Exhibition in London May 1909; from LSE Library’s collections, TWL/2002/387




Millicent Garrett Fawcett addressing  an estimated 50,000 women  at a mass suffrage rally in Hyde Park on 26 July 1913; from LSE Library’s collections, 7JCC/O/01/177…

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Louisa Garrett Anderson – suffrage prisoner

Amanda Markwell


I have never been so close to anything so sad or ugly as this and I don’t think I ever knew so clearly before why women need political equality and complete re-adjustment of their position.[1]

Dr. Louisa Garrett Anderson smuggled these words from her cell in Holloway prison. On 4 March 1912, she risked her personal and professional reputation by breaking a window of a house in Knightsbridge. This protest, at a speech given by the anti-suffrage MP Charles Hobhouse, resulted in Garrett Anderson receiving a sentence of six weeks hard labour.[2] In general histories of …

Women, Peace and Equality: New LSE Library Exhibition

Gillian Murphy

Women, Peace and Equality – new LSE Library exhibition womenPeaceExhibition

9 January to 9 April 2016

Open to all

The Library’s spring exhibition draws on its iconic collections to explore the theme of women, war and peace to coincide with the launch of the new teaching programme at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE.

War has devastating consequences both for men and for women. Historically, armed conflict highlights underlying inequalities between men and women that are less obvious in peacetime. Sustainable peace is dependent upon equality and understanding between people which will only be realised with

Splints, Spasm and Medical Science The Nurse who Challenged it All

Patricia Kulberg

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Sister Elizabeth Kenny, New York 1950 (photo courtesy of New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper)

She rose up out of the Australian outback before women got the vote and overturned the entire system of understanding and treating polio. Her innovations spared untold thousands the worst crippling effects of the disease. She was brilliant and brash, though her credentials were sketchy. She was physically imposing, a publicity hound who favored strings of pearls and huge, outlandish hats. She moved in a man’s world that deeply disappointed her and made as many enemies as friends. In a 1952 Gallup

‘CEO of the Netherlands’: Performing Gender at the Dutch Court c. 1980 – 1999

Harry J. Mace presented the paper ‘CEO of the Netherlands’: Performing Gender at the Dutch Court c. 1980 – 1999 at the 2015 Women’s history Network Conference held at the University of Kent.

Harry is an undergraduate international, political and gender historian at the University of Kent. He is in his third year of his degree and endeavours to pursue a career as an academic historian.  Harry was granted special access to some highly unattainable archives in The Hague and has now organised his research into a monograph.

Below is an abstract from the paper presented at the conference.

Unlike …

Political Well Travelled Women at Paddington Station

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Women  are not only amongst the ‘firsts’  in travelling as drivers, designers, and workers. Their membership of organisations associated with travelling and political contribution to improving travel are also recorded in the Paddington Station exhibition dedicated to their cause.

In 1916 the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) was formed: the first of the armed forces to recruit women. It was headed by Dame  Katherine Furse – the first woman director of such a service. It was followed by the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) which became a force of 32,000 women. Katharine and Rachel Parsons founded the Women’s Engineering …

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