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…


Women’s History is sent to WHN members in Spring, Summer and Autumn; digital copies are available for download.…


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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‘Reformers to Performers: Influential Women at the Royal Albert Hall’,

Members of the WHN may be interested in a public talk – ‘Reformers to Performers: Influential Women at the Royal Albert Hall’, which will be presented by the Hall’s Archive team.

Join Archivists Liz Harper and Suzanne Keyte on 7 May 2015 at 1pm for a talk on some of the many great women and organisations for women who have appeared on the world’s most famous stage.

Hear about reformers such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett who campaigned for women to get the vote and lesser known figures such as Margaret Bondfield who became Britain’s first female cabinet …

Women’s History Spring 2015

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  • Katherine Holden on Leonore Davidoff: A tribute and personal reflection, 4
  • Sylvia Griffin on Dowry linen and the intimate outsider: visual arts as a bridge to matrilineage, 6
  • Kerry Higgins on Infanticide and the influence of print culture in nineteenth-century England, 14
  • Carol Coleson on the use of online resources in the search for the women doctors of the Serbian Relief Fund, 20

CFP: First Women Lawyers in England, Wales and the Empire Symposia

First symposium: Wednesday 9th September 2015
Location: St Mary’s University, The Shannon Board Room, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham TW1 4SX
Time: 10am (registration and coffee) for 10.30am start

The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 heralded women’s long awaited
entry to the legal profession. What do we actually know about that journey?
How much of that struggle has been recorded? Where is it recorded?
The ‘First Women Lawyers in England, Wales and the Empire’ Symposia
seek to unite academics and researchers in this area and explore the journey
of those first women lawyers.

It is proposed that after the initial symposium …

‘What is the Place of Aphra Behn in Restoration Culture?’

From portrait by Peter Lely (image:projectgutenberg)

‘What is the Place of Aphra Behn in Restoration Culture?’
Keynote Speaker Professor Elaine Hobby.
Date: Saturday 9th May 2015 Time: 11:30am – 4.30pm (Registration: 11:00am) 
Venue: Torrington Room (No. 104), Senate House, University of London. 

Participants will be asked to bring a contribution drawing on the workshop’s themes: 

Pregnancy, Childbearing, and Infant Care: Historical Perspectives from Slave and Non-Slave Societies

Pregnancy, Childbearing, and Infant Care: Historical Perspectives from Slave and Non-Slave Societies 8-9 April 2015

Newcastle University, Armstrong Building 2.50

We are delighted to announce that Newcastle University is hosting this conference as the first of three international symposia that form the foundation of the AHRC Research Network ‘Mothering Slaves: Comparative Perspectives on Motherhood, Childlessness, and the Care of Children in Atlantic Slave Societies.’  This two-day symposium will bring together historians of enslaved women researching motherhood, the care of children, and childlessness with other historians who have explored these issues within non-slave societies. To facilitate in-depth comparison, particular attention will …

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