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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 …

Celebrating ‘women’s history bookshelves’ by Dr. Jo Stanley

In this post, Dr. Jo Stanley reflects on the growing visibility of women’s history in bookshops around the globe.

This post celebrates the moment when I realised there was going to be a genre of books called ‘women’s history’ – and that it was going to be incisive, fascinating, written with gravitas and offer me/us all sorts of unexpended gendered insights. The date must have been autumn 1978. I’d gone into Sisterwite, London’s new first women’s bookshop, to see if there was anything about the history of women’s work and industrial relations.

This was my maiden visit, although I’d been …

CfP: Narratives of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century University of Lincoln, 23rd July 2019

Narratives of Ageing in the Nineteenth Century

University of Lincoln, 23rd July 2019

Organisers: Dr Alice Crossley, Dr Amy Culley, Dr Rebecca Styler

Plenary Speaker: Prof. Devoney Looser, Arizona State University, ‘Ageing in Public: Women Authors in the Nineteenth Century’

This conference responds to the burgeoning critical interest of humanities scholars in age, ageing, and stages of life from childhood to old age in the nineteenth century. The figure of the child and the imaginative investment in the idea of childhood are the focus of seminal studies of ageing in this period. However, recent critical engagements have suggested the …

Reflections on Women’s History Month by Professor Maggie Andrews

In this fascinating blog, our committee chair, Professor Maggie Andrews reflects on what women’s history means to her.

March is Women’s History Month a chance for those in WHN and beyond to share their passion, curiosity and enthusiasm about the multiple complex and contradictory histories of women. It is an opportunity explore the ways in which women have made and been made by history and to celebrate some of the wonderful research and activities that are going on. Women’s history now has a place in museums and heritage organisations, it adorns the shelves of libraries and bookshops, is studied by …

Things to do during Women’s History Month

Are you looking for something to do this Women’s History Month? Well, look no further as here are a list of activities to suit every budget!

  • Celebrate Women’s History with Tower Hamlets Council: ‘A diverse range of events including talks, documentaries, exhibitions and health and wellbeing days will celebrate women’s contributions to society and focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment as the council joins community groups to mark International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month 2019.The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 on 8 March is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”’.
  • Women of London: