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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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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A one-day interdisciplinary conference
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square London WC1B 5DR
Wednesday 26 October 2016, 10.00-17.30

Contributions are invited for a one-day conference on DOING WOMEN’S LEGAL HISTORY. Papers can be on any area of women’s legal history and should, in addition to (or instead of) presenting substantive findings, give consideration to methodological issues, research questions, sources and/or challenges – the process of doing women’s legal history.

Conference focus
As we approach the centenary in 2019 of women’s admission to the legal profession in the UK and Ireland, lawyers …

Catherine was the original breaker of the glass ceiling

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Part 2 of Setting the World on Fire provides a brief insight into Catherine’s spiritual initiation, unfortunately the material which puts this into the context of the spiritual history of the time and the Catholic church has had to be omitted to meet word length provisions.

Shelley Emling

Shelley Emling Author: Setting the World on Fire

Shelley Emling
Author: Setting the World on Fire

 Chapter 2: A First Glimpse of Christ


While one of the most transformative eras in history, the Middle Ages were also fraught with danger… Historians estimate that 20 to 30 percent of children under seven died, although the actual figure is probably …

Catherine was the original breaker of the glass ceiling


Shelley Emling Author: Setting the World on Fire

Shelley Emling
Author: Setting the World on Fire

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The title and following quotes and excerpts from Chapter 2 (to be published as Part 2) are from Setting the World on Fire The brief astonishing life of Catherine of Siena by Shelley Embling.


Part 1


A modern Catherine, Catherine Middleton, married Prince William on April 29, 2011, the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena and the date of her death. Following the couple’s exchange of vows, the Bishop of London read aloud the saint’s most famous words: “Be who God meant you to be and you will

Abstracts: Papers to be Presented at the WHN Conference 2016


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The following presenters have been generous in providing the abstracts of the papers that they will present at the conference: Dr Pam Jarvis, Bernadette Cahill, Kuang Vivian Sheng and Teresa Barnard. These abstracts appear below. Additional presenters are being approached for permission to post their work on the blog. Further abstracts will be posted throughout the weeks leading to the conference. Thank you to all the writers for your generosity, the abstracts provide a welcome addition to the WHN Blog.


Teresa Barnard

Letters to Emma: Epistolary Material Culture.

Can epistolary culture be considered material? …

The Rise of the Jujitsu-Suffragettes

The Rise of the ‘Jujitsu-Suffragettes’
Martial Arts in fin-de-siècle Great Britain


The Bagri Foundation presents a lecture by Dr Emelyne Godfrey which will explore the blossoming of martial arts in Great Britain at the turn of the 20th century, investigating the Victorian obsession for self-defence, the appeal of the ‘exotic East’, and gender as a social and cultural construct. Starting with the mid-Victorian garotting panics, Dr Godfrey will show how a fear of violent street crime was entangled with a fascination with Indian thuggee and how in response, civilians manufactured gruesome weapons.

By the end of the 19th century, …

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