WSPU postcard of Flora Drummond, Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst arrested on 13 October 1908, on a charge of conduct likely to provoke a breach of the peace; from  LSE Library’s collections, 7JCC/O/02/064…

The Home Front, WHN Conference image 2014. Image courtesy Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service…

Eleanor Rathbone campaigning (unsuccessfully) for election as an independent candidate for East Toxteth in Liverpool in 1922; from LSE Library’s collections COLL MISC 1104…

Women’s History is sent to WHN members in Spring, Summer and Autumn; digital copies are available for download.…

The Women’s Land Army in Britain during the Second World War; from the collections of The Imperial War Museum (IWM non commercial licence).…

1970s London from the series On a Good Day by Al Vandenberg; © Victoria and Albert Museum, London…

WSPU waitresses at a fund-raising event at The Women’s Exhibition in London May 1909; from LSE Library’s collections, TWL/2002/387



Millicent Garrett Fawcett addressing  an estimated 50,000 women  at a mass suffrage rally in Hyde Park on 26 July 1913; from LSE Library’s collections, 7JCC/O/01/177…

Women’s Organisation in Western Australia in the 1890s

Robin Joyce

 Part 1



We are enthroned in the hearts of men; that is why men use us and pay us half the wages, but we don’t want to be enthroned in men’s hearts under these conditions.


A woman speaking in the 2000s?

It is Jean Beadle, Labor activist speaking in 1909.

The only reason we know it is not a feminist in 2000 is because of the phraseology. However, these sentiments enunciated by Jean Beadle in 1909 still resonate. Their history lies in the organisation of women in Western Australia in the 1890s in fighting for the vote …

Women’s History Summer 2017

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  • Jennifer McNabb on ‘That right may take place’: female witnesses and their stories in early modern English church courts, 6
  • Isabelle Leguy on Women’s voices: Interaction and performance in the courtroom, 1800-1810, 12
  • Peter H. Johnsson on ‘Your Radegund’: Locating an empowered female voice in the verse epistle De excidio Thuringiae of St. Radegund, 18
  • Laura Sims on Empowerment through Postcolonial Critique: Harki Daughters in France, 24
  • Tanya Heflin on ‘Some Job!’ The Private Diary of


The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Zurich, from LSE Library’s collections, WILPF/22/1.

Womens History Network

Annual Conference, 2017





Friday 1 September and Saturday 2 September 2017

University of Birmingham


In September 2017, the University of Birmingham will be hosting the 26th annual Women’s History Network conference on the theme of Women and the Wider World.

Conference organised by Laura Beers ( and Zoe Thomas


Booking now open:







George Campbell Gosling, University of Wolverhampton


The Almoner of Great Northern Hospital at Work



This is all about women’s historic relationship with money.

That thought didn’t occur to me until quite late in the day. I’d spent a decade researching Britain’s pre-NHS hospital systems. Over which time the introduction of patient payments into the voluntary hospitals, and the women who were brought in to administer them – the Lady Almoners, or medical social workers as they came to be known – had gradually moved themselves centre stage.

I was aware the male doctors and hospital …

Women’s Suffrage and Political Activism: Cambridge, February 2018

A conference to commemorate the Centenary of the 1918 Reform Act

Saturday February 3rd 2018, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

For many British and Irish suffragists the vote was essential to obtaining justice for working women, peace and wider social reform. Yet in practice, working relationships between suffragists, peace activists and socialists were often troubled. This conference explores the ideas, strategies and controversies relating to the women’s movement in the years leading up to the 1918 Reform Act and its aftermath. We welcome contributions on individual suffragists and suffrage groups in Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. We invite abstracts on attitudes …