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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…

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The Home Front, WHN Conference image 2014. Image courtesy Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service…

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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.…

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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).…

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1970s London from the series On a Good Day by Al Vandenberg; © Victoria and Albert Museum, London…

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WSPU waitresses at a fund-raising event at The Women’s Exhibition in London May 1909; from LSE Library’s collections, TWL/2002/387

 

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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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Endless Endeavours: from the 1866 Women’ Suffrage Petition to the Fawcett Society

 

Gillian Murphy

LSE Library Exhibition

Endless Endeavours: from the 1866 Women’s Suffrage Petition to the Fawcett Society.

23 April – 27 August 2016

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LSE Library’s summer exhibition Endless Endeavours: from the 1866 Women’s Suffrage Petition to the Fawcett Society draws on its unique collections to mark the 150th anniversary of a petition to Parliament which was signed by 1,499 women calling for women’s suffrage. The exhibition celebrates the achievements of those early suffragists and the organisation which became the Fawcett Society. Although this petition was unsuccessful, the Fawcett Society regards this moment as its …

Jewish Book Week: Celebration of Jewish literature, art and philosophy

F16Deborah  Butcher

 

Jewish Book Week has become something of a national institution:  but few realise that this popular annual celebration of Jewish literature, art and philosophy originated in Glasgow.   The brainchild of the Women’s Lodge of B’nai Brith – operating under the capable direction of its founder Maud Joseph – the first Jewish Book Week in Europe assumed the form of a two week exhibition in the McLellan Galleries in 1937.  The objectives were two-fold: firstly to dispel the ignorance of Jewish thought and creativity, and thereby dissipate anti-Semitism; secondly to foster appreciation and pride amongst Scottish Jewry of …

Women and Gender in Early Modern Britain and Ireland: A Conference in Honour of Anne Laurence

Women and Gender in Early Modern Britain and Ireland: A Conference in Honour of Anne Laurence

Saturday 4 June 2016
Institute of Historical Research, London.

This one-day conference, ‘Women and Gender in Early Modern Britain and Ireland’, is being held in honour of Anne Laurence and celebrates the significance of her research in this field. It will showcase new directions in gender and women’s history, bringing together several diverse strands in the current historiography. Existing research on early modern gender across the British Isles has been insufficiently integrated and this conference will foster new connections. The conference will also consider

Labor Women: Political Housekeepers or Politicians?

 

Robin Joyce

Part 2

Leaders’ roles and activities are usually, although not always, easy to follow. Jean Beadle, as described in Part 1, was one woman whose career in the labour movement was well known. However, other women involved in the Western Australian labour movement, comprising the Australian Labor Party and unions, appear only in minutes, newspaper stories, lists of meetings attended and positions held in these organisations.

Information about Henrietta Hooten, the Labor women’s representative on the official organ of the Western Australian branch of the ALP, the Westralian Worker, union activist, Congress delegate, candidate for Senate …

Labor Women: Political Housekeepers or Politicians?

Robin Joyce

Part 1

Meetings held by politically active women after horse and buggy transport in the heat. Photo: Royalty Free Stock Photos

Meetings held by politically active women after horse and buggy transport in the heat.
Photo: Royalty Free Stock Photos

 

Myths which limit women’s role and the perception of that role are abundant. The political arena is no exception and the negative images significantly undermine women’s perception of their heritage as legitimate actors in the political process. Women’s political activity in the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in the early 1900s in Western Australia effectively undermines the myth that they were political housekeepers rather than political activists.
Discussion of women’s work for the party in this early …

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