Biography

Labour Women in Power: Cabinet Ministers in the 20th century – Dr. Paula Bartley.

(L-R Margaret Bondfield, Ellen Wilkinson, Barbara Castle, Judith Hart and Shirley Williams)

In this post, Dr. Paula Bartley gives us a sneak peak of her fabulous new book: Labour Women in Power: Cabinet Ministers in the 20th century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

In 1997 Tony Blair appointed the same number of women to Cabinet positions as there had been in the rest of the century. Between 1918 and 1997, only five Labour women held this high office of state: Margaret Bondfield, Ellen Wilkinson, Barbara Castle, Judith Hart and Shirley Williams.

The five who did manage to get to these …

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 …

LABOR WOMEN: POLITICAL HOUSEKEEPERS OR POLITICIANS?

Robin Joyce

 This  is a part of a paper published in Marian Simms , Australian Women and the Political System , Longman Cheshire, 1984.  

Part 1

 Typical travel conditions experienced by women who organised  country Labor meetings

Labor Women: Political Housekeepers or Politicians?

Myths which limit women’s role and the perception of that role are abundant. The political arena is no exception and the negative images significantly undermine women’s perception of their heritage as legitimate actors in the political process. Women’s political activity in the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in the early 1900s in Western Australia effectively undermines the myth …

Elizabeth Reid Women’s Advisor to the Australian Government

Gough Whitlam was elected Prime Minister of Australia 2nd December 1972 and was the first Australian Prime Minister to appoint a women’s advisor. Elizabeth Reid was appointed. Following is an interview with her conducted by Emma Renwick.

http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/act/content/2005/

The Life Of Elizabeth

Elizabeth Reid was the first advisor to a PM on women’s affairs; appointed by Gough Whitlam.
She did an extraordinary job in extraordinary times – but her life both before and after those years has been no less interesting – and she shares it with Emma Renwick.

The actual interview took place over several hours – this is …

Katrina Lockwood: The Mystery of Isabella an the String of Beads A Woman Doctor In World War 1

Book review by Robin Joyce

 

Publisher: Loke Press

Author: Katrina Kirkwood

Sold on Amazon and at good bookstores.

The back-cover blurb tells us:

It was the inscription that made the antique scalpels so tantalising: ‘Isabella Stenhouse’. A woman doctor? A woman doctor who was rumoured to have served in the First World War? Could Isabella have treated wounded men with these very implements? And had a grateful German prisoner of war really given her the strange string of beads that tangled round her stethoscope?  Coaxing clues from archives across Europe, Katrina Kirkwood traces Isabella’s route from medical school …