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

 

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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 IN SPORT : A Timely Fracture in a Sporting Glass Ceiling by Doloranda Pember

In our latest post Doloranda Pember reflects on her book: In the wake of Mercedes Gleitze: Open Water Swimming Pioneer (The History Press, February 2019).

When my mother died in 1981, little did I know of the full extent of her pioneering swimming achievements during her youth in a male dominated world of sport. Mercedes Gleitze was a pioneer open water swimmer in the 1920s and 1930s, and although she rarely spoke to me or my siblings about her sporting feats, thankfully she left a comprehensive collection of press reports, witness statements, photographs and personal letters in suitcases in our …

CALL FOR PAPERS: Negotiating empire: women, economic practice and colonialism

The thirtieth annual workshop of the Economic History Society Women’s Committee, organised by Dr Misha Ewen and Dr Hannah Young, will take place at the University of Manchester on Saturday, 23rd November 2019.

The 2019 workshop will explore women’s involvement in and negotiation of the economic practices that built, sustained and resisted empires across the globe from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. It aims to examine the experiences of a wide range of women, colonisers and colonised, free and enslaved, interrogating the multiple axes of power that shaped the way these women thought and behaved. In doing so, it …

Victorian Penal Institutions for Juvenile Females and Mary Carpenter, by Tahaney Alghrani

In our latest post Tahaney Alghrani reflects on crime, gender and ‘reform’ in Victorian port cities.

In recent months, youth knife crime has been much debated in the British press. These debates, however, are not new.  Just as today there are conflicting views on how we should address youth crime, this was also a central debate in the nineteenth century. Reformatory and Industrial schools, the first penal institutions for juvenile offenders, were established in 1855 to remove youths from their criminal associations and ‘at risk’ environments in order to reform them and train them within industry. Recent research by Barry …

Call for papers: Gender Religion and Power Conference

Interdisciplinary conference
The Bedford Centre for the History of Women and Gender

Gender, Religion and Power

Saturday 21 September at Senate House, London

We invite academics at all levels to propose a paper to this one-day conference, and we especially encourage postgraduate researchers to submit abstracts. This is to be a multidisciplinary conference which analyses the historical links between gender and religion, gender and power, or all three. We welcome submissions from all historical periods and all geographical regions, and encourage those interested to tailor their submissions to their own research.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited …

Ruth Cavendish-Bentinck by Dr. Gillian Murphy

In this latest post, Dr. Gillian Murphy (re) introduces us to Ruth Cavendish-Bentick, suffragette and socialist.

Ruth Cavendish-Bentinck was the illegitimate daughter of Ferdinand St Maur, the elder son of the 12th Duke of Somerset, and a half-gipsy maid. Her parents died when Ruth was young and she was brought up by her grandparents, the Duke and Duchess of Somerset.

Her grandfather was an advocate of married women’s property rights. Her great-aunt was Caroline Norton, who had launched and won the campaign to give women undisputed right of access to their children when they were estranged from their husbands. …