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

 CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

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, …

2018 WHN Schools Black History Month Competition

The Women’s History Network is launching a competition to encourage young people to get actively involved in celebrating black history. Black History Month is celebrated in October, but the Women’s History Network want to focus specifically on the history of black women. We want to challenge young researchers to get inspired by the diverse and rich histories of black women in Britain and to create a piece of art that reflects the history of either a group or an individual.

London based artist and ceramicist Freya Bramble-Carter – of the BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down – will interpret the winning …

‘There is a good deal of uncertainty as to how the women will vote’: The 1918 General Election in Birmingham

100 years ago, on 14 December 1918, women in Britain went to the polls to vote in a General Election for the first time. Just ten months after the Representation of the People Act had awarded the franchise to some women (those over thirty, who met a property qualification), the newly-expanded electorate cast their first ballots. As part of my doctoral research, I have been investigating how women in and around Birmingham reacted to the extension of the franchise. In this election, the city and surrounding districts saw three women stand as parliamentary candidates: Margery Corbett Ashby, Liberal candidate for …

CfP for a Panel on Women’s History and Business History

From 29 to 31 August 2019 the Annual Congress of the European Business History Association will be held at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam:

(https://www.eur.nl/en/eshcc/research-0/ebha2019/call-papers).

The focus of the association is not so much on comparative statistical economics, but more on the historical development and context of business, the institutional framework in which business develops, and the human factor in business development.

I aim to put together a panel on women’s history. The topic is still to be decided, but it would be nice to focus on direct female economic agency – such as women as managers or business owners, …

Women’s History Autumn 2018

Special Issue: 1918-2018

The Autumn 2018 special issue 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

  • Anne Logan on ‘The Life of Gertrude Eaton (1864–1940): musician, tax resistor and penal reformer’, 5
  • Christopher Wiley on ‘Ethel Smyth, Suffrage and Surrey: From Frimley Green to Hook Heath, Woking’, 11
  • Alexandra Hughes-Johnson on “‘Here indeed one can say this life has been lived abundantly’: The life and political career of Rose

Homes fit for Heroines ?

Homes fit for Heroines ? 

A conference organized by the Women’s History Network: Midlands Region, University of Worcester, Avoncroft Museum and the Voices of War and Peace WWI Engagement Centre.

On Saturday 16 March, 2019 at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings,  Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Midlands B60 4JR.

In 1918, the day after the armistice the Prime Minister Lloyd George promised ‘homes fit for heroes’ would be built for the returning soldiers. But behind this slogan lie many controversies: who would provide these homes, who would decide what a ‘fit’ home was and would they be suitable working environments for women …

The Enigma of Ellen Terry (1847-1928) – Dr. Veronica Isaac

Ellen Terry (1847-1928)

‘Of Ellen Terry, the actress, Our Lady of the Lyceum as Oscar Wilde used to style her, what a series of wonderful pictures live in the memory”[i]

ELLEN TERRY, photograph by Samuel Alexander Walker (1841-1922), a photographer with a studio on Regent Street, London. The photograph shows Ellen Terry when living with Edward Godwin.

A leading late nineteenth century actress, Dame Ellen Terry’s lifestyle directly challenged conventional Victorian morality and social codes: encompassing three marriages, two illegitimate children, and at least two long term love affairs. Despite this, she became one of the most respected performers …