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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Historical Fiction by Women, About Women: Update

Translate heart Photo: supplied by author

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Photo: supplied by author

August is Women in Translation Month!

August 1, 2016 Jyotsna Sreenivasan

August has been designated as a month to focus on translated literature by women. In honor of Women in Translation Month, I’ve written a guest post over at For Books’ Sake, a web site devoted to writing by women. Please check out my post, “Historical Fiction in Translation”!

Historical Fiction by Women, About Women

By Jyotsna Sreenivasan


Historical fiction is, arguably, among the oldest kind of literature. The ancient epics (such as the The Odyssey and The Ramayana) are stories of …

Women’s History Network Community Prize entries 2016

Below are images and descriptions of the 15 entries to the 2016 Women’s History Network Community Prize.  The winners will be revealed at the WHN Conference in September.

Click on the images to see the slide show (and then click in the ‘i’ symbol to see descriptions for each image.)

Menstruation: Some political dimensions

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Little Gamut cloth pads

Little Gumnut cloth pads: Photo – Bing.com

Why can’t undercover activities be useful?

The Women’s Decameron[1] begins with Emma, confined to a maternity hospital with nine other mothers, decrying their lamentation that a skin infection has imprisoned them preventing their departure for home with their new born babies.

Stupid women, why were they so impatient? Were they in such a hurry to start the nappy-changing routine? God, the very thought was enough to make you want to give up: thirty liners, thirty nappies and as many swaddling sheets, rain or shine. And each one had …

Obstacles to social mobility in Britain date back to the Victorian education system

Destined for university: the Victorians created a tiered education system. Wikimedia Commons

Despite the growing number of young people attending university, comparatively few disadvantaged students are accepted into Britain’s most prestigious institutions. Many of the most selective universities have missed recent targets to improve access, as the least privileged students remain more than eight times less likely to

Few Blue Plaques, Few Statues: Where Are We? Holding Up Half The Sky? For What?

Edith Cavell Photo: Robin Joyce

Edith Cavell
Photo: Robin Joyce

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Yes, women ‘hold up half the sky’ but public acknowledgements are rare. On March 2nd the paucity of blue plaques was reviewed in the WHN blog, and commentary on action to rectify the problem aired. The blue plaques dedicated to women in Oxford was described, using Elizabeth Jean Warr’ s (2011) The Oxford Plaque Guide, The History Press, as a reference.  Not enough anywhere is an easily argued verdict.

Now Caroline Criado- Perez, writing in the New Statesman (March 26th 2016), has drawn attention to the lack of women’s statues in …

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