Call for papers: Womandla! Feminism and Social Movements in the Global South

Histories of social movements in the Global South remain dominated by the visions and achievements of male activists. Feminist scholars have responded by demonstrating the central role that women have played in social movements, especially the civil rights, women’s liberation, and anti-apartheid movements. Building on current historiographical trends toward transnational histories of women, gender, and feminist activism, this conference seeks to bring together historians and feminist scholars concerned with feminism and social movements in the Global South, but particularly across sub-Saharan Africa. It also aims to trace the global exchanges taking place between individual activists, their networks, and their ideas

A Hidden History: African women and the British Health Service, 1930-2000 by Olivia Mason

In a standout piece from Olivia Mason of the Young Historians Project, we hear about the latest project of the group: A Hidden History: African women and the British Health Service, 1930-2000.

The Young Historians Project is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the development of historians of African and Caribbean heritage. The necessity of this project becomes clear when you begin to consider how there were less than 10 Black PhD students studying history in 2016, how only 0.6% of professors were Black in 2018 and how, even more alarmingly, only 25 of these Black professors were female.[1] Combine …

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 …


The Dairy Princess of Leeds 1960 and I grabbed a station cab to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills last month to see the Queens of Industry: From Loom to Limelight exhibition there.

Celia Gledhill was lugging a holdall full of what the exhibition curator, John McGoldrick, would value as an archivist’s dream: ceremonial sashes, press clippings, correspondence, and glossy 10” x 8” photos.

We were going to enjoy learning about Wool Queens, Gas Queens, Coal Queens, Railway Queens. From the 1920s to the 1980s these grass-roots human beings were units in advertising campaigns to boost consumer consumption in …

Deceitful bodies by Stephanie Fern Allen

In our latest blog, Stephanie Allen gives us an insight into historical notions of body modification and manipulation.

In the twenty-first century, we are becoming encouraged to embrace our bodies as they are. To showcase their qualities and embrace the natural flaws we were born with. Advertising campaigns such as Dove and Malteasers are showing society that all types of bodies are beautiful, whether they be petite, curvy, tall, scarred or disabled. These days self-expression and self-identity is very much reflected in how our bodies are presented, we choose which elements to enhance and which to cover up. I claim …