What is the Women’s History Network Blog?
The Women’s History Network blog promotes research in the field of women’s history. It exists as a forum for historians – at any career stage, and from any background – to showcase their own research, and to reflect on the nature of the discipline. The blog also exists as a space for heritage professionals, those involved in the curation of women’s history, and members of the public who are interested in the many and varied roles that women have played throughout history. We currently post two blogs a month on the Women’s History Network website and promote them on Twitter.
What sort of things can I write about?
We are very open to any, and all writing that celebrates women’s history. We are particularly interested in hearing from those from minoritized communities, or those who are researching the history of historically disenfranchised groups (e.g. working class women, women from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Groups, those working on queer histories, those examining disabled lives).
Ideas for blogs include:
- Biographical reflections, either of the lives of ‘famous women’, or those ‘hidden from history.’ Examples of this include: Feminist solidarity in the archive: Marie Granet, the Resistance, and me by Emily Hooke.
- A preview of new research in the field. You might write about your new or forthcoming scholarship (e.g. monograph/edited collection/journal article). Examples of this include: ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: Black Women, the Law and the Making of a White Argentine Republic’ by Dr Erika Denise Edwards.
- Reflections from those who curate women’s history. Examples of this include: The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 by Dr Mari Takayanagi.
- Posts that promote conferences, workshops, or other events that examine women’s history. Examples of this include: Women and Materiality in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland: Symposium Report by Dr Rachel Delman.
- Blogs that tie into existing celebrations (e.g Women’s History Month in March, Black History Month in October). Examples of this include: Celebrate the Archives in Women’s History Month by Dr. Janis Lomas
- A discussion of a particular primary sources or set of sources related to women’s history. Examples of this include: The letters of Dr. Edith Pechey by Dr Namrata R. Ganneri
- Reflections on what the discipline means to you. Examples of this include: What Women’s History Month Means to Me, by Dr Ana Stevenson.
The blog is currently run and administered by Katrina (Kat) Perry, Beth Price, and Lisa Berry-Waite, committee members on the Women’s History Network National Steering Committee. If you are interested in writing for us, please get in touch by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
What format should my blog take?
Blog posts should be between 500-1000 words. When submitting your blog please also include a copyright free image (e.g from wikimedia commons), and a brief biography (100 words maximum) such as: Kate Law is a feminist historian of the British Empire. She specialises in the history of decolonisation in Southern Africa and her first book, Gendering The Settler State: White Women, Race, Liberalism, and Empire in Rhodesia, 1950-1980 was published in 2016.
Guidelines agreed 18th April 2020 at quarterly committee meeting.