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…

27th Annual Women’s History Network Conference, 2018

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

University of Portsmouth, UK
Friday 31st August –Saturday 1st September 2018

THE CAMPAIGN FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE:
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

National Women's Social and Political Union Rally

WHN Book Prize 2018

An annual £500 prize for a first book in women’s or gender history.

The Women’s History Network (UK) Book Prize is awarded for an author’s first single-authored monograph, which makes a significant contribution to women’s history or gender history.

Entries close on 31 March 2018 (for books published during 2017).

Criteria for eligibility are as follows:…

WOMEN’S HISTORY NETWORK (UK) SMALL GRANTS POSTGRADUATE SCHEME

The Women’s History Network is offering a small grant of £1,000 for the holding of a one day conference on women’s history organised by full time or part time postgraduates in universities or other institutions of higher education in the UK. 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 to take place.  Members of the current Women’s History Network Steering Committee are ineligible to apply.

The deadline for applications the …

WOMEN’S HISTORY NETWORK (UK) SMALL GRANTS SCHEME

The Women’s History Network is offering a small grant of £1,000 to facilitate a 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 any one 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 to take place.  Members of the current Women’s History Network …

Rape: women’s fault?

By Robin Joyce

Placidly reading an Agatha Christie on a day of rain and need for comfort I was swiftly disabused of that notion upon reading the following:

‘…Well we all know what rape is nowadays. Mum tells the girl she has to accuse the young man of rape, even if the young man hasn’t had much chance, with the girl at him all the time to come to the house while mum’s away at work, or dad’s gone on holiday. Doesn’t stop badgering him until she’s forced him to sleep with her . Then, as I say, mum tells …

Women also use drugs – not that you can tell from drug policy

November 28, 2017 12.30am AEDT

Ian Hamilton and Niamh Eastwood
Authors

Elizabeth Reid Women’s Advisor to the Australian Government

Gough Whitlam was elected Prime Minister of Australia 2nd December 1972 and was the first Australian Prime Minister to appoint a women’s advisor. Elizabeth Reid was appointed. Following is an interview with her conducted by Emma Renwick.

http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/act/content/2005/

The Life Of Elizabeth

Elizabeth Reid was the first advisor to a PM on women’s affairs; appointed by Gough Whitlam.
She did an extraordinary job in extraordinary times – but her life both before and after those years has been no less interesting – and she shares it with Emma Renwick.

The actual interview took place over several hours – this is …

Barbara Pym’s The Sweet Dove Died: Sexual Assault Assuaged By Flowers?

Barbara Pym’s The Sweet Dove Died: Sexual Assault assuaged by flowers?

Robin Joyce

Barbara Pym’s novels are a never-ending source of social commentary. The Sweet  Dove Died , in its depiction of sexual assault is of particular interest at the moment. Leonora, perhaps reflecting Pym’s reaction to the mistreatment she endured at the hands of men, allows herself to be drawn into a fantasy in which the assault can be assuaged by the gift of flowers. However, the question arises, why does Leonora accept her situation? Or perhaps, how can she not?

Leonora is the most complex female character …

Being Published – tips for you: insights from writing Women and the Royal Navy

Jo Stanley

 

 

Being published –tips for you

 

My new history book is just out. I’ve got some insights (from this and previous books), and I now see what I should have done ages ago. So I thought it might be useful to share thoughts on the process with WHN members who are yet to be published.

The book is Women and the Royal Navy (IB Tauris/NMRN). It’s a trade book (sometimes called a cross-over book), which means it’s accessible AND written with scholarly rigour. For example I had to find simple ways to say ‘patriarchy’, ‘hegemony’, ‘the gender …