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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Women’s History Seminars

Institute of Historical Research
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street

IHR fortnightly, Fridays at 17.15 in Room 204 (Past & Present Room)

All are welcome

8 May

Lisa Cody (Claremont McKenna College) ‘This is the language of rebellion, Madam’: Representing Women’s Rights and Independence during the Age of Revolution, 1760-1790

This paper analyzes references to women’s rights within marriage and the household during the period of the American Revolution. In the 1760s and 1770s, English satirists, caricaturists, and pamphleteers used marital drama, including stories of adultery, divorce, and women’s household authority as political metaphors. The paper contextualizes this rhetorical …


One day Conference, University of Portsmouth, Saturday 10th October 2015

Venue: Park Building, 5 minute walk from Portsmouth & Southsea station

The Conference organisers welcome proposals for papers on any aspect of the First World War relating to women and gender.  Possible topics may include, but are not restricted to, the following themes:

+   Women and pacifism, peace movements

+   Women and patriotism

+   Women and war work

+   Women and the state/social policy/welfare

+   Women’s wartime writing

+   Women war artists

+   The women’s movement

+   Religion

+   Women and voluntarism

+   Women and domestic life/leisure

+   Women, …

‘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 …

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