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 Magazine 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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Ms/representation: Mass Media & Feminisms in Historical Context


University of Westminster, Saturday 29 November 2014

 Fear of Flying. Judy Blume. Dirty Dancing. Louisa May Alcott. Cosmopolitan. Nancy Drew. Sex and the City. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Girls. Madonna. Cagney and Lacey. Gloria Steinem.

Media and literary depictions of girls and women can both reflect widely accepted gender norms and challenge them.  At the same time, such representations (fictional and non-fictional) offer audiences escapism, role models and ways of understanding themselves and their own lives, sometimes simultaneously.  In this conference, we aim to explore the depictions of women and girls in film, television, music, literature …

Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine

My first monograph, Jennifer Evans, Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in early modern England (Boydell & Brewer) was published on the 3 October in the Royal Historical Societies Studies in History series.


Organising Women in WWI



10:30-3:15 Saturday 21st March 2015
Bantock House Museum
Finchfield Road
Wolverhampton WV3 9LQ

2015 is the centenary of the formation of the Women’s Institute Movement in Britain and the publication of the Maternity Letters by the Women’s Co-Operative Guild. To commemorate these events, this Conference aims to bring together anyone who is interested in women who organised themselves and others during WW1.

We invite abstracts of 200-300 words for proposed papers on women who organised to support or oppose the war, to improve women’s working conditions, their leisure or domestic lives. Please send via email attachment to …

2014 Community History Prizewinner announced

Community History prizewinner

Maggie Davis of the St Ives Archive (left) and Sophie Bradshaw of the History Press (right)

The Women’s History Network has awarded the Community History Prize for the first time this year. It is sponsored by the History Press. Details of the impressive range of shortlisted entrants can be found at: http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/womens-history-network. It was great to see so many examples of grass-root Women’s History taking place in communities across the country. The shortlist included projects on women who worked in Cambridge Laundries, the use of badges to explore Women’s History and an oral history of a 1960s single mothers’ …

2014 WHN Book Prize winner announced


book prize winnerCaroline Bressey

WHN Book Prize winner Caroline Bressey

The winner of this year’s competition is Caroline Bressey, Empire, Race and the Politics of “Anti-Caste’ (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). Congratulations to Caroline for a book that the judges though was an ‘excellent study of a remarkable episode in anti-racist politics, written with passion and a sensitive engagement’. By situating Catherine Impey, the editor of Anti Caste, within her varied social, religious and political networks Caroline provides ‘original insights into the complex inter-relationship between different radical causes’ and the links between the local, the national and the global.

The entries for the prize …

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