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 …

2019 WHN Community History Prize Winner

This year’s winner of the Community History Prize was the Glasgow Women’s Library which to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act developed an animated web resource highlighting the forgotten heroines who campaigned for women across the world to have the right to vote. 101 women were animated by animation students from six colleges across Scotland. The panel were very enthusiastic about the excellent and permanent resource for the centenary and the very moving and direct and a great showcase for local talent.…

WHN Book Prize Winner 2019

This year’s winner was Imaobong Umoren’s, Race Women Internationalists published by the University of California Press.

The panel thought Race Women Internationalists praised this  book about the history of race, global freedom struggles and transnational history looked at through the perspective of gender. They considered it was original in concept and that the research was breath-taking, ranging widely across geographical space.…

Demon, Guardian Angel or Soldier?  Perspectives of West Sussex Land Women of the First World War by Glenda Holder

In our latest great blog, Glenda Holder examines representations of Women land workers in West Sussex during the First World War.

On 25 April 1918 The West Sussex Gazette made the damning assessment that ‘West Sussex is the worst county in England as regards its contribution to women’s work on the land’.[1] This statement became the focus for my MA dissertation where I argued that not only was this a gross misrepresentation of the efforts made by the women of the county, it failed to acknowledge the agency that women were taking over their own lives.

Pre-war women in

Looking at Lady Rhondda: Businesswoman, Campaigner and Journalist: Professor Angela V. John

In this, our latest great blog post, Professor Angela V. John reflects on her keynote address at the 2019 WHN conference.

I began by looking at how the teenage Margaret Haig Thomas (later Margaret Mackworth and, from 1918, the 2nd Viscountess Rhondda) saw her present and future when she was aged 16.

The first half of this illustrated lecture focused on this professional woman’s life story. The daughter of a very wealthy Welsh industrialist and politician D.A. Thomas, and well-connected Liberal mother, Sybil (née Haig), she grew up in the village of Llanwern in southeast Wales. An excellent education …

Women of the Far Right (November 9 2019)

Women’s History Network, Midlands Region can confirm papers by national and international speakers on: Women Blackshirts; Gabriela Balicka; We, the Mothers Mobilize for America; Women’s roles in the Greater British Movement/National Front’s Spearhead and Right Wing Women’s Mobilization in Colonial Western India. Booking information, available soon!

Twitter: @WHN_WM…