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

 

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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…

WOMEN’S HISTORY NETWORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019

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 …

Gender, Family, and Politics: The Howard Women, 1485-1558 – Dr. Nicola Clark

In this fascinating post Dr. Clark tells us about her important new monograph: Gender, Family, and Politics: The Howard Women, 1485-1558 (OUP, 2018).

The Howard family, Dukes of Norfolk, were the family most entwined with the Tudor dynasty during the sixteenth century. The men were earl marshals, lord admirals, lord treasurers, privy councillors, the king’s jousting buddies; the women, queen consorts of England (Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard), ladies-in-waiting, the godmothers of royal children. Generally, people talk about families like the Howards exactly as I have just done – as collectives. In many ways this is logical. Political dynasties …

Women’s History Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 edition of Women’s History is available now. The digital version of this edition is available free to all members – see details below.  You may purchase this journal as a hard copy or download by clicking here.

Contents

  • Elżbieta Pawlak-Hejno on ‘Rhetorical strategies used in representations of English women’s suffrage activists in the Polish press before the outbreak of the First World War’, 5
  • Marta Kargól on ‘The practice of knitting in communist Poland as a way of understanding the private space of women’, 12
  • Friederike Brühöfener on ‘Between flintenweib and stewardess: putting West German women

The Politicization of Food: Women and food queues in the Second World War, by Charlotte Sendall

The Second World War highlighted many sacrifices women endured for their country. Food became more significant during the conflict as the nations resilience was tested by food shortages and regulations. It was primarily women, who struggled with food shortages and rationing on the home front. Yet in academic debates about the impact on of the war, the impact of the  time and effort women  spent in queues have often been overlooked.

On 8 January 1940, the government, introduced rationing for; bacon, butter and sugar to prevent food shortages, just as they had at the end of the First World …

‘Breaking Bounds’, an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference on 19th-century women

Registration is now open for ‘Breaking Bounds’, an interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate and early careers researchers, to be held at the University of Portsmouth on Saturday 11th May 2019.  A draft programme and a link to the registration website can be found at https://breakingbounds2019.wordpress.com/

Social media movements such as #MeToo and #WhyIDidntReport have created spaces for women to share their experiences of sexual violence, harassment and objectification, as well as condemning the seeming acceptability of men abusing their positions of power. Going beyond individual stories, these discussions have rejected notions of female victimhood and have attempted to shift the focus …