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 covers

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…

Southern States Issues, The American Civil War and its Aftermath: Heath Hardage Lee, Kate Cote Gillin and Blain Roberts

The following reviews will be published in the journal. However, because of their particular relevance, they appear in the blog as part of the WHN contribution to Black History Month.

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Heath Hardage Lee Winnie Davis Daughter of The Lost Cause, United States of America: Potomac Press, 2014. US$29.95, 978-1-61234-637-3 (hardcover), pp.214

Kate Cote Gillin Shrill Hurrahs Women, Gender, and Racial Violence in South Carolina, 1865-1900, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2013. US$39.95, 978-1-61117-294-1 (hardcover), pp.171

Blain Roberts Pageants, Parlors, & Pretty Women Race and Beauty in the Twentieth Century South, North Carolina: University of

Call for Papers: Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850)


King’s College London, May 11th 2017
Keynote Speakers:
Professor Hannah Barker (University of Manchester)
Caroline Criado-Perez, OBE (One of the leading voices in the campaign for female representation on the banknote and an active promoter and supporter of women in the media)

In 2017, Jane Austen will feature on the £10 note as the sole female representative on British currency.  To mark this occasion, and explore its problematic significance, the English department at King’s is running a one-day conference with the aim to consider debates about women in relation to ideas of value, market, marketability, as well as debates …

Apology: Australia 2008

Parliament House, Canberra Photo: Robin Joyce Photo: Robin Joyce

Parliament House, Canberra
Photo: Robin Joyce

Part 2


The Hon. Brendan Nelson, The Leader of the Opposition’s apology speech followed:

Mr Speaker, members of this the 42nd Parliament of Australia, visitors and all Australians, in rising to speak strongly in support of this motion I recognise the Ngunnawal, first peoples of this Canberra land.

Today our nation crosses a threshold. We formally offer an apology. We say sorry to those Aboriginal people forcibly removed from their families through the first seven decades of the 20th century. In doing so, we reach from within ourselves to our past, those whose


The Women’s History Network is offering a small grant of £500 for the holding of a one day conference on women’s history organised by teaching or research staff in universities or other institutions of higher education in the UK, or by staff in FE Colleges, Museums or Heritage Sites in collaboration with anyone such institution. The grant may be used in collaboration with other awards. To be eligible to enter, the lead organiser/s must be members of the Women’s History Network at the time of application and at the time the activity is to take place. Members of the current

Welcome to Country and Apology: 2008 Australia

Parliament House, Canberra Photo: Robin Joyce

Parliament House, Canberra
Photo: Robin Joyce

Part 1.


The Whitlam Labor Government introduced the Racial Discrimination Act in Australia in 1975. However, acknowledgement of the particular role and explicit rights of the indigenous people specific indigenous ownership of the land and recognition of the stolen generations did not take place until 2008.

Welcome to country ceremony

In 2008, the first parliamentary acknowledgement of Indigenous peoples’ right to be an integral part of the parliamentary process was acknowledged when the welcome to country ceremony was held at the opening of the Australian Parliament. On that occasion Aboriginal people wore …