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…

CFP: Gender Based Approaches to the Law and Juris Dictio in Europe

FIRST INTERNATIONAL WORSKSHOP
OF THE JEAN MONNET MODULE “EUROPEAN LAW AND GENDER” (ELaN)
UNIVERSITY OF PISA
JUNE 19-20, 2019
elan.jm@unipi.it
DEADLINE JANUARY 15, 2020

The Department of Law of the University of Pisa hosts a two-days international workshop on Gender based approaches to the law and juris dictio in the European Union on June 19-20, in Pisa (Italy), within the frame of the European Law & Gender Jean Monnet Module (ELaN).
Young scholars are invited to submit original proposals concerning the interplay of E.U. law and national laws and, conversely, how national patterns to equality but also persisting conditions of …

2019 WHN Conference Report: ‘Professional Women: the public, the private, and the political’

Women’s History Network Annual Conference
LSE Library
6-7 September 2019

In acknowledgement of the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act (SD(R)A), the Women’s History Network (WHN) held a two-day conference at the London School of Economics Library on Friday 6 – Saturday 7 September 2019 entitled ‘Professional Women: the public, the private, and the political’. It was organised by Dr Gillian Murphy, Curator for Equality, Rights and Citizenship at LSE Library and Dr Judith Bourne, Dr Caroline Derry, and Dr Kate Murphy from the WHN.

In total, the conference was attended by 130 delegates, of which, seventy-three were speakers, …

Unseen: Women in Policing in Devon and Cornwall by Pam Giles

Our first blog for November is from Pam Giles, a retired police inspector turned historian, who was a recipient of a WHN grant for independent researchers.

I have been fortunate to receive a grant from The Women’s History Network to undertake a study of the civilian women who worked in the Devon and Cornwall Police.

Reading previous blogs, it is evident that finding the actual material and archive is a common problem in relation to any women’s history research in any field.  I am hoping that as I set out on my research the material that I seek is there, …

Caribbean Women and the Ethiopian Solidarity Campaign by Kesewa John

As part of our Black History Month celebrations, we commissioned a ‘long read’ from the fabulous Kesewa John. Enjoy!

The sovereignty of Ethiopia was compromised from November 1934, when Italy attempted to claim land inside the border Ethiopia shared with Somalia, then an Italian colony. A diplomatic dispute ensued, culminating in a bloody clash which left 150 dead in early December 1934, known as the Wal Wal ‘incident’. This marked the beginning of a fresh round of Italian claims on Ethiopian soil: the last had ended in a humiliating Italian defeat at the Battle of Adwa in 1896 which instantly …

Call for papers: Womandla! Feminism and Social Movements in the Global South

Histories of social movements in the Global South remain dominated by the visions and achievements of male activists. Feminist scholars have responded by demonstrating the central role that women have played in social movements, especially the civil rights, women’s liberation, and anti-apartheid movements. Building on current historiographical trends toward transnational histories of women, gender, and feminist activism, this conference seeks to bring together historians and feminist scholars concerned with feminism and social movements in the Global South, but particularly across sub-Saharan Africa. It also aims to trace the global exchanges taking place between individual activists, their networks, and their ideas