The new guidelines for the blog, as agreed at the March 25th 2017 meeting, appear below.
The WHN blog has several purposes. Firstly, it has an academic role. It is designed to promote new research in the field of history to a general audience, to encourage research and enjoyment of women’s history, and to bring to public attention the histories of the numerous women whose contributions to society have been thus far ignored. Further, it aims at broadening the way in which people read history by introducing material from fictional historical texts. In addition, it raises issues and recognition of women and women’s activities through short commentary/quotes/advertisements for women related events. It is run by the Women’s History Network- for more information on WHN visit our homepage.
Special causes are given prominence: Women’s History Month (March); Black History Month (October) and LGBT Month (February). The blog will feature stories/quotes/short comments related to these causes throughout each special month. Otherwise, a contribution is posted twice a month.
The reason for changing postings during special events months is: in the past stories about an individual woman, an important event in women’s history, or an interesting source were published every day in March. However, authors deserve to have a longer period of prominence. The stories from contributors will therefore appear each Sunday as usual. In addition, pieces of around 500 of fewer words, such as relevant quotes or short contributions will be posted. Because of their length they will not impinge on other contributions and will be posted throughout the month. Over the festive period quotes (in 2016 referred to as the ‘Twelve days of Christmas’ quotes) will also take the place of longer contributions. This will ensure that the latter have a week of prominence on the blog and the WHN site.
Contributions to the blog come from a variety of sources: women’s historians, non-fictional and fictional, and submissions are welcome.
The blog is currently administered by Kate Law, a committee member of the Women’s History Network. You can make a submission through the WHN site, firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines for Submission
Although the average blog post should be at a MAXIMUM of 1000 words (as studies show people stop reading at this point- the internet is a fickle thing) shorter contributions are welcome. If your post is longer than 1000 words it can be posted in two or three shorter pieces. Really, they need only be as long as it takes to say something interesting. Ideas for blog posts include:
A short biography of a woman of interest (or who represents a field of interest)
A short post about an event or topic of interest to women’s history
A transcript of a short source on women or women’s history, with a few lines explaining where it came from
A taster for your latest book in the field of women’s history (non-fiction or fiction) – a story or example that your book illuminates that will draw readers to your work. We will in turn put a link to your book on Amazon or some other relevant site.
If writers or publishers approach the blog to write book reviews these will appear on the blog. In 2016 St Martin’s Press approached the blog on behalf of two of its authors. The reviews or introductory commentary related to other aspects of these contributions will be undertaken by the administrator or a person of her choice.
An interesting quote featuring an aspect of women’s history.
If you would like to submit please send an email to: email@example.com.
Why should you do this? This is an opportunity to draw people to the WHN website, to encourage new members, and to get your research out to a wider public. If you include your research (or that of others) under a further reading section at the bottom, then we will link to where it can be purchased- please do not include more than a couple of works. If you are going to be speaking or plugging your book, we could include a short advert with your post. If you represent an archive, give us a transcript of a source that reflects your collection and we will direct readers to your archive.
If you want to become involved and contribute a post, please let me know the topic of your post, and if it ties in with a particular day of the year. While I will read posts for typos, they will generally be posted as sent so please make sure you are happy with the quality. Please also include two lines about yourself for the website, i.e. Katie Barclay is a researcher at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her first book Love, Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850 can be ordered now on Amazon. (This could also be more casual or relevant to a post, so: She enjoys abstract expressionism and believes that women’s art is under-valued. Or on a post about women’s knitting- She enjoys woolly jumpers but doesn’t know one needle from another.)
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We encourage comments and want this blog to be a space where members can discuss women’s history and share ideas, sources and thoughts.
Comments should be polite and relevant to the post in question. No sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic or classist; no comments which make personal attacks on any blogger or commenter, or comments that are otherwise offensive. The blog administrator decides what is offensive and/ or relevant to the post. While comments are not moderated before posting, comments that fall foul of the commenting policy will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be excluded from the network.