Why we should remember the housewives of the First World War, by Professor Karen Hunt

As our high streets become covered in poppies, we should ask ourselves who we are being asked to commemorate. Despite four years of television programmes, exhibitions, art installations and local history projects, we still seem to find it easier to focus on the trenches rather than the home front; on men rather than women; and among the women, on munition workers and VADs rather than housewives. The stories we tell have hardly changed despite the large amount of money put into commemoration through the Heritage Lottery Fund, large scale projects like the BBC’s WW1 at Home and the various …

Women in the Service Industries in Southern Africa since 1900 – Dr Andrew Cohen & Dr Rory Pilossof

Women in the Service Industries in Southern Africa since 1900.

Andrew Cohen (University of Kent) and Rory Pilossof (University of the Free State)

There is a rich and well-developed historiography on work and labour in southern Africa. The colonial occupation of the region gave rise to new forms of work and social arrangements that have been well documented. The two most notable arenas of work were on the mines and white owned commercial farms that came into being under colonial rule. These two sectors dominate the historiography on work and labour, in both colonial and post-colonial studies. In addition, there …

Miss Bebb V Law Society Conference & Play Reading

The Disappearance of Miss Bebb
A conference on the future of women in the Law and a celebrity reading of Alex Giles’ play inspired
by the case of Bebb v. The Law Society.
From 1pm
Sun 21st Oct 2018
University of Birmingham
£60 Combined ticket
£40 Play reading only
Concessions available

MissBebb conference.Press-Release


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Mentia: Mrs Peter Taylor (1810-1908) a radical Liberal Victorian, ‘the mother’ of the English women’s parliamentary suffrage movement

The book acknowledges the contribution of suffragists associated with the contemporaries of Mentia’s husband Peter Alfred Taylor, Leicester Radical Liberal MP. Suffragists in Britain and across the Atlantic dubbed Mentia ‘the mother’ for ensuring Ladies’ London Emancipation Society members signed parliamentary petitions for women’s suffrage. She called the campaign based at Aubrey House the acacia tree party because of the species’ vitality. John Stuart Mill recognised her organisational abilities and engineered her role in the parliamentary suffrage movement.

As Mentia brought the support of radicals from the Anti-Corn Law League and Chartists, as well as followers of Joseph Mazzini, Garibaldi …