WOMEN IN SPORT : A Timely Fracture in a Sporting Glass Ceiling by Doloranda Pember

In our latest post Doloranda Pember reflects on her book: In the wake of Mercedes Gleitze: Open Water Swimming Pioneer (The History Press, February 2019).

When my mother died in 1981, little did I know of the full extent of her pioneering swimming achievements during her youth in a male dominated world of sport. Mercedes Gleitze was a pioneer open water swimmer in the 1920s and 1930s, and although she rarely spoke to me or my siblings about her sporting feats, thankfully she left a comprehensive collection of press reports, witness statements, photographs and personal letters in suitcases in our …

Gender, Family, and Politics: The Howard Women, 1485-1558 – Dr. Nicola Clark

In this fascinating post Dr. Clark tells us about her important new monograph: Gender, Family, and Politics: The Howard Women, 1485-1558 (OUP, 2018).

The Howard family, Dukes of Norfolk, were the family most entwined with the Tudor dynasty during the sixteenth century. The men were earl marshals, lord admirals, lord treasurers, privy councillors, the king’s jousting buddies; the women, queen consorts of England (Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard), ladies-in-waiting, the godmothers of royal children. Generally, people talk about families like the Howards exactly as I have just done – as collectives. In many ways this is logical. Political dynasties …

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 …


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 …