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…

Small Grants Scheme (UK)

The Women’s History Network is offering a small grant of £1,000 (this grant replaces the previous grant scheme of £500) to facilitate 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 …

Women’s Work: The Book of Etiquette by Lady Troubridge

1940s typist
Bing Photos

This excerpt is from  The Book of Etiquette by Lady Troubridge (1948, First published 1926) The World’sWork (1913) Ltd, Kingswood, Surrey.

Has enough changed?


Chapter xxiv

The Business Woman The Modern Woman


There was a time not very long ago when women’s interests were confined chiefly to the home. For a woman to be actively engaged in some business or profession meant one of two things, either she was an old maid or she was a queer, but to-day woman is a citizen and she may choose to use here talents and capabilities in …

Conference Report: Historians of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland (H-WRBI) 2017 Annual Conference



Bridget Harrison and Alison More

The annual History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland conference was organised by the H-WRBI ( and was held at University College, Dublin over the 8th and 9th of June 2017. Day one of the conference boasted a wide array of panels organised thematically. A  Papers covered several historical eras, from the medieval period to the recent past.   Questions were taken immediately after each paper, enabling audience members to travel between concurrent panels.   After a short introduction …

Women’s Organisation in Western Australia in the 1890s

Robin Joyce

 Part 1



We are enthroned in the hearts of men; that is why men use us and pay us half the wages, but we don’t want to be enthroned in men’s hearts under these conditions.


A woman speaking in the 2000s?

It is Jean Beadle, Labor activist speaking in 1909.

The only reason we know it is not a feminist in 2000 is because of the phraseology. However, these sentiments enunciated by Jean Beadle in 1909 still resonate. Their history lies in the organisation of women in Western Australia in the 1890s in fighting for the vote …

Women’s History Summer 2017

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  • Jennifer McNabb on ‘That right may take place’: female witnesses and their stories in early modern English church courts, 6
  • Isabelle Leguy on Women’s voices: Interaction and performance in the courtroom, 1800-1810, 12
  • Peter H. Johnsson on ‘Your Radegund’: Locating an empowered female voice in the verse epistle De excidio Thuringiae of St. Radegund, 18
  • Laura Sims on Empowerment through Postcolonial Critique: Harki Daughters in France, 24
  • Tanya Heflin on ‘Some Job!’ The Private Diary of


The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Zurich, from LSE Library’s collections, WILPF/22/1.

Womens History Network

Annual Conference, 2017





Friday 1 September and Saturday 2 September 2017

University of Birmingham


In September 2017, the University of Birmingham will be hosting the 26th annual Women’s History Network conference on the theme of Women and the Wider World.

Conference organised by Laura Beers ( and Zoe Thomas


Booking now open: