Politics

‘There is a good deal of uncertainty as to how the women will vote’: The 1918 General Election in Birmingham

100 years ago, on 14 December 1918, women in Britain went to the polls to vote in a General Election for the first time. Just ten months after the Representation of the People Act had awarded the franchise to some women (those over thirty, who met a property qualification), the newly-expanded electorate cast their first ballots. As part of my doctoral research, I have been investigating how women in and around Birmingham reacted to the extension of the franchise. In this election, the city and surrounding districts saw three women stand as parliamentary candidates: Margery Corbett Ashby, Liberal candidate for …

War Widows and the controversy over Remembrance Sunday services at the Cenotaph (1972-1982), by Dr Janis Lomas

Remembrance Sunday has a particular significance this year as it marks the centenary of the First World War armistice, yet few remember the First and Second World War widows who following the foundation of the War Widows’ Association (WWA) in 1971 campaigned to be allowed to take part in remembrance activities held at the Cenotaph in London. War widows’ pension was introduced in 1914, but this campaigning organisation gave widows a voice.

Widows found their exclusion from the Cenotaph Service of Remembrance particularly hurtful.  This exclusion had come about, as Adrian Gregory points out, when the Armistice Day commemorations …

WOMEN AND WRITING: THE WIFE BY MEG WOLITZER

Part 2

Women and writing

Robin Joyce

 

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

Review with no spoilers, originally published on Good Reads.

Robin Joyce

The Wife is an excellent novel with which to assess one’s own moral compass. As a feminist, I appreciate the way in which the stark differences between the acceptance of male writers’ behaviour and successes and the few accolades associated with women’s writing are drawn. Some of the development and description of the characters, women and men, is quite cruel – deservedly so. In particular, male writers are shown as inflated egos with a penchant for …

WOMEN IN INDUSTRY

 

Jennifer Heskey

Looking For Inspiration? Here Are Three Top British Women In Industry

Women’s rights in the UK have come on leaps and bounds over the years. As the BBC reports, just a century or two ago women’s work was almost always low-paid and menial, with many women unable to rise above the level of domestic servant when it came to their professional life. Things have moved on substantially since then: legal provisions like the Equality Act 2010 mean that discrimination is now mostly outlawed, for example, while the 20th century saw some women enjoy a meteoric rise

BRITISH WOMEN FIGHT FOR THE VOTE IN ‘STAND WE AT LAST’ AND ‘THINGS A BRIGHT GIRL CAN DO’

Abstract of paper to be given at the Annual WHN Conference 2018. Unfortunately I was prevented  approaching all the marvellous presenters of papers to be given at the WHN Annual Conference (Privacy Considerations). I appealed to presenters through the blog for abstracts but have received none. If anyone reading this post is encouraged to send an abstract, it would be very welcome.For the past few years this has been a great source of material for the WHN Blog, and an important introduction to the papers to be given at the conference. I’d like to thank once more the people who …