Caribbean Women and the Ethiopian Solidarity Campaign by Kesewa John

As part of our Black History Month celebrations, we commissioned a ‘long read’ from the fabulous Kesewa John. Enjoy!

The sovereignty of Ethiopia was compromised from November 1934, when Italy attempted to claim land inside the border Ethiopia shared with Somalia, then an Italian colony. A diplomatic dispute ensued, culminating in a bloody clash which left 150 dead in early December 1934, known as the Wal Wal ‘incident’. This marked the beginning of a fresh round of Italian claims on Ethiopian soil: the last had ended in a humiliating Italian defeat at the Battle of Adwa in 1896 which instantly …

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 …

Dr Marion Phillips: Sunderland’s First Female MP (1929-1931) by Dr. Sarah Hellawell

Heritage matters! In our latest brilliant blog post, Dr. Sarah Hellawell tells us about Dr. Marion Phillips, Sunderland’s First Female MP and the installation of a blue heritage plaque at the site of the Sunderland Labour Party’s former offices.

Over the last 18 months, I have delivered a number of public talks in Sunderland as part of the suffrage centenary commemorations. Surprised that few people in the audience have heard of Sunderland’s first female MP, I have delved a little deeper into the archival sources on Marion Phillips and her work in the North East of England. One of …