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Celebrate the Archives in Women’s History Month by Dr. Janis Lomas

In this post, Dr. Janis Lomas tells us about her role in ensuring that the papers of The War Widows’ Association were preserved.

When I began a PhD over 30 years ago one of the organisations  I contacted was The War Widows’  Association and asked if they’d put out an appeal in their newsletter for any war widows who were prepared to fill in a questionnaire and perhaps be willing to be interviewed by me at a later date. I compiled a very basic, rather naive questionnaire and eventually received 62 replies. Around the same time I met one of …

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:

Queering recognition: Exploring ‘corrective rape’ and black lesbian sexuality in a local and transnational context, By Dr. Nadine Lake

The post-apartheid political and social landscape has provided researchers, scholars and readers with an opportunity to reconceptualise the LGBTQ+ category in public culture. My PhD titled ‘Corrective rape and black lesbian sexualities in contemporary South African cultural texts’ (2017) explored the category ‘black lesbian’ through mainstream and counter-discourses identified in South African print media (2003-2014), literature, and visual activism. ‘Corrective rape’, i.e. the rape of lesbian women by heterosexual men to ‘correct’ or ‘cure’ lesbian sexuality, emerged as a prominent concern in South Africa in 2003. The Independent on Saturday[1] newspaper reported on the staggering number of lesbians …

Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700-1830 By Dr Briony McDonagh Winner of the 2018 Women’s History Network Book Prize

In this post we hear from the 2018 WHN book prize winner, Dr. Briony McDonagh about her monograph: Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape, 1700-1830.

The book and the related research project emerged out of a realisation that there was shockingly little written about the women who owned and improved large landed estates. Whenever one visited a country house or picked up a book on the aristocracy, one learnt lots about the male landowners who pushed forward parliamentary enclosure and agricultural improvement on their estates. But nothing about female landowners and farmers and their contributions to landscape change. Social and …