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 …

Winner Announced: WHN £1,000 Small Grant Award 2017

Strong applications for the above were received, the first year of the operation of the scheme.  After much discussion and consideration the judges decided to give the award to a group of Postgraduate Students at Hull University, namely Stormm Buxton-Hill, Alice Whiteoak, Elizabeth Rogers, Helen Manning and Sarah Shield for their proposal on ‘Women’s Negotiation of Space, 1500-1900’.  Many congratulations to them all.   The Postgraduate £1,000 Small Grant Scheme will be offered again in 2018 and we would like to encourage postgraduates in the UK to apply.  Further details can be found on the WHN website or by contacting the …

Shadow of a Century

Jean Grainger

Jean Grainger
Source: Jean Grainger website

Shadow of a Century (2015)


Scarlett O’Hara, named by her romantic mother, after the Gone With The Wind character, is a journalist. Through her own romantic involvement that leads to her downfall (and the novel’s exposure of present day discrimination against women with some asides to current American politics) Scarlett’s story interacts with that of Irish women’s historical activism.  During her reporting on a robbery she finds an elderly woman concerned about her losses, most poignantly, a:


greying cotton parcel, around a foot square and tied with a length of

Rachel Heyhoe-Flint blazed a trail for women’s cricket, but change comes slowly to the ‘gentleman’s game’

Rachael Heyhoe-Flint blazed a trail for women’s cricket, but change comes slowly to the ‘gentleman’s game’

Rahcael Heyhoe-Flint leading the England women’s cricket team out against Australia at Lords in 1976. PA Archive/PA Images

The recent death

From battered wife to major writer: Madame de Graffigny and her tell-all Correspondance

Portrait de Mme de Graffigny par Pierre-Augustin Clavareau, Lunéville, Musée du château, inv.2011.2.1, cliché T. Franz: Conseil général de Meurthe-et-Moselle

From battered wife to major writer: Madame de Graffigny and her tell-all Correspondance

Posted on 6 March 2015 by voltairefoundation


For International Women’s Day on 8 March we want to celebrate Madame de Graffigny, an exceptional eighteenth-century woman who overcame many obstacles to become the most famous woman writer of her day. Over the last few decades the life story and literary brilliance of Françoise d’Happoncourt de Graffigny (1695-1758) have awakened new interest, owing to the growing appreciation of literature

Françoise de Graffigny, gouvernante et observatrice de l’éducation des femmes

Republished from the Voltaire Foundation blog with the permission of Pippa  Faucheux. WHN Admin.

Mme de Graffigny

Françoise de Graffigny by Pierre-Augustin Clavareau. Lunéville, musée du château des Lumières. Photo: T. Franz, Conseil départemental 54.

Pour marquer la Journée internationale des femmes nous nous tournons vers Françoise de Graffigny (1695-1758), femme de lettres dont le talent était reconnu dans toute l’Europe. Sa Correspondance montre son indépendance, son dévouement à sa pratique de romancière et de dramaturge, son esprit critique, son langage franc et réaliste.

Fille d’un militaire attaché à la cour de Lorraine, et admise au