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‘New Feminist Economic Histories of Women’s Labour in Twentieth Century Asia

7 October 4pm – Women Beneath the Surface: Coal and the Colonial State in India, 1920s-1940s  Urvi Khaitan, Doctoral Student, University of Oxford This paper studies the tens of thousands of low-caste and adivasi (indigenous) women who worked in coal mines in colonial India. It investigates their exclusion from underground work through a prohibition that was […]


I love you, my subject by Dr Jo Stanley

What’s an extrinsic joy if you’re a historian? For me it’s the simple-but-wonderful pleasure of continually finding both heroines and beloved new friends among the people whose histories I explore. They may be living, and so we can physically meet – if only remotely. They may be long dead, which means my affection is based […]

WHN Prize News

Book Prize, Prizes, Prizes Category

WHN BOOK Prize 2021

    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. Entries close on 31 March 2021 (for books published from Jan 1st – Dec 31st 2020). Criteria for eligibility are as follows: The book must […]

Prizes, Schools History Prize, Schools History Prize Winners, Teacher Resources


Celebrating History’s Heroines: Prize Winners  Our theme for this year was “History’s Heroines”. We challenged students to research the history of a woman whom they consider to be a hero and produce a piece of art representing that woman and her accomplishments. We had some truly amazing entries at both junior and senior level, which […]


Blog and News, Writing Retreats

Online Writing Retreats

This year, to help support Women’s History Network members, the WHN will be using zoom to run a series of online, structured writing retreats. The aim of structured writing retreats is to provide dedicated time in which to progress writing projects. The retreats will seek to provide a supportive, non-surveillance environment for writing without distraction. We will […]

Calls for Papers

Call for Papers, ‘Women in Sport’, November 2021

With regret WHN West Midlands Region annual Women’s History Conference at the University of Worcester in conjunction with the British Society of Sports History scheduled for November 7 2020 has been postponed until November 2021. (Exact date TBC) Confirmed papers for November 2021 will address the Scottish long-distance runner, Dale Greig; Women’s Football, 1916-1921; Elizabeth […]

Women's History Journal

Women's History Journal

Women’s History Summer 2020

Women's History, Summer 2020

Special Issue: Women and the Family in Ireland The Summer 2020 issue of Women’s History is available now for purchase. The digital version of this edition is available free to all members – see details below. Contents Introduction by Leanne Calvert/Maeve O’Riordan, 3 Leanne Calvert on “Her husband went away some time agoe”: marriage breakdown […]

Women's History Journal

Women’s History Autumn 2019

Women's History Autumn 2019 Front Cover

Special Issue: Nursing The Autumn 2019 special nursing issue of Women’s History is available now for purchase. The digital version of this edition is available free to all members – see details below. Contents Frances Cadd on “‘The March of the Masked Nurses’: Remaking Nursing’s Tradition of Vocation through Public Protest in 1930s Britain”, 4 […]

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