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…

Fellowships for Independent Researchers

The Women’s History Network is offering a small grant of up to £750 to support the direct costs of those researching women’s history, who are not employed in higher education. The research should be intended to lead to a published outcome and costs that will be covered include, for example, travel and accommodation when visiting archives, photocopying or photographic licences required for work in archives.

The award made will not cover:

  • Conference attendance costs
  • Equipment costs
  • Publication costs
  • Subsistence costs (i.e. food and drink)
  • Administration costs

All applicants should complete the application form and submit it electronically with a one …

Fellowships for Early Career Researchers

The Women’s History Network is offering two WHN fellowships to support ECRs. Each fellowships is designed provide some financial support to those in that challenging time between completing their doctorate and their first academic post to continue working in women’s history. The fellowship will include

  • £1500 which can be used in any way that enables the Fellow to sustain their role as a researcher, for example on conference attendance, visits to archives, or to pay copyright fees for images for a publication or a public engagement activity.
  • £250 to organise an event or other activity to connect ECRs working in


Professional Women:
the public, the private, and the political

2019 marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act in Britain, which opened all ‘civil professions or vocations’, including the civil service and legal profession, to women. It was a significant landmark – but neither a beginning or an end – in the history of professional women.

This conference will explore not only the significance of the 1919 Act, but also the ‘professional woman’ in all periods, nations and forms. She is found far beyond ‘the professions’, in fields ranging from agriculture to industry, from education to the arts. She …

‘She made me stand on a wooden board when ironing…’ Suburban Domestic Life in 1930s Ireland, By Rachel Sayers

Our latest blog post mixes family, domestic, and Irish women’s history, and is written by Rachel Sayers.

My maternal Grandmother, Doris Moran nee Hamilton, often recalled to me her experiences of growing up in 1930s Dromore, County Down a small market town in the North of Ireland. These re-collections often centred around the excitement of her mother, my great-grandmother, Mary-Agnes Hamilton, bringing home new electrical appliances such as an iron, toaster, a kettle or the much sought-after wireless radio set. My great-grandmother was often ‘afraid’ of these new devices; a common fear since early electrical devices where sometimes shoddily …

Dr Marion Phillips: Sunderland’s First Female MP (1929-1931) by Dr. Sarah Hellawell

Heritage matters! In our latest brilliant blog post, Dr. Sarah Hellawell tells us about Dr. Marion Phillips, Sunderland’s First Female MP and the installation of a blue heritage plaque at the site of the Sunderland Labour Party’s former offices.

Over the last 18 months, I have delivered a number of public talks in Sunderland as part of the suffrage centenary commemorations. Surprised that few people in the audience have heard of Sunderland’s first female MP, I have delved a little deeper into the archival sources on Marion Phillips and her work in the North East of England. One of …

CfP: Gender and Violence in the Early Modern World – History Faculty, University of Cambridge

This conference, kindly sponsored by the Women’s History Network, aims to bring together postgraduate, early career and leading scholars whose research considers the themes of gender and violence in the early modern world.

It is concerned with aspects of early modern history and literature including, but not limited to:

  • domestic and sexual violence
  • religious violence
  • crime and punishment
  • warfare and martial violence
  • colonial violence
  • riots and parochial disputes

We are designing this conference to build both conceptual bridges between topics of gender and violence, and practical ones between their respective research communities. By asking how gender governs representations, experiences, and …

Women and Confraternities: The Hidden Voices of Renaissance Piety and Charity


(Deadline: 12 August 2019)



Women and Confraternities: The Hidden Voices of Renaissance Piety and Charity


Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting
Philadelphia, 2-4 April 2020



This panel aims to amplify the hidden voices of women who were members of lay confraternities or females who found themselves in the ambit of these charitable associations. Accordingly, scholars who are interested in confraternity studies, gender studies, hidden histories, history from below and exploring social, ethnic and sexual marginalization are sought to participate.


Papers might focus on, but are not limited to the following topics:…

Margaret Sanger and Elise Ottesen-Jensen: Their Early Connection, By Saniya Lee Ghanoui

In our latest blog, Saniya Lee Ghanoui gives us a fascinating glimpse into the epistolary relationship between Margaret Sanger and Elise Ottesen-Jensen.

In the early 1930s, American birth control reformer Margaret Sanger began corresponding with Swedish sex education leader Elise Ottesen-Jensen, founder, in 1933, of the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU, Riksförbundent för sexuell upplysning). In this short post I highlight a single exchange between Sanger and Ottesen-Jensen that underscores how the pair drew upon one another for assistance with their respective efforts at liberalizing access to birth control and sex education. Fifteen years after the following exchange …