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 doctors in WW1: fighting to do their bit


Graduation of Isabella

Katrina Kirkwood’s ‘Women doctors in WW1: fighting to do their bit’, could be read in conjunction with the information provided by Zvezdana Popovic and recently publicised in the WHN blog (Deeds Not Words).

A ‘Taster ‘ from Kirkwood’s book, The Mystery of Isabella and the String of beads : A Woman Doctor in WW1 will be posted in April. A review of the book will be posted in May. In the meantime, Kirkwood’s ‘Women doctors in WW1: fighting to do their bit’ and information about her and the book, appears below.  WHN Admin.


Women’s History Network Community History Prize 2017

Women’s History Network Community History Prize 2017

The Women’s History Network is a national association and charity for the promotion of women’s history and the encouragement of women and men interested in women’s history. Established in 1991, the network reaches out to welcome people from any background who share a passion for women’s history.

This annual prize of £500 is awarded to the team behind a Community History Project by, about, or for women in a particular locale or community which has been completed between the 1 January 2016 and 31 May 2017.  It has been sponsored by The History

A treasure revealed: Mme de Graffigny’s correspondence finally published after 250 years

Thank you to Pippa Faucheux , Publishing Manager Voltaire Foundation, University of Oxford ( for permission to publish this article from the Voltaire Foundation Blog. The foundation’s blog for International Women’s Day 2017 will also be published during March. WHN Admin.

Françoise de Graffigny

Françoise de Graffigny by Pierre-Augustin Clavareau. Lunéville, musée du château des Lumières. Photo: T. Franz, Conseil départemental 54.

On International Women’s Day, join us in celebrating the publication next month of the final volume of letters of pioneering writer and salon hostess, Madame de Graffigny. It will mark the completion of

A Shock, An Event, An Outcome – Women Taking Life On-Board

House of Lords
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Further information :

WWAFE Seminar 1 – Wednesday March 15

Cttee Rm 1 House of Lords, 5.30pm for 6pm-8pm


What about women? Do these ‘world’ changes impact on our action, our hopes, our intentions, our future and if so how? What about changes occurring directly in our own lives – what are they, how have they impacted, have they taken us in directions we never contemplated? What action have we taken to address the shocks, the sudden opportunities, the epiphanies? How can we make the best of change and changes, whether ‘out there’ …


House of Lords
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A seminar series on women’s rights, challenges, perspectives, hopes and empowerment


Baroness Joyce Gould, WWAFE Patron, chairs our 2017 series: Enormous Changes at the Last Minute – Women, Trump & Brexit. WWAFE – Chair Dr Jocelynne A. Scutt, Cttee Members Ahlam Akram, Dinner Event Organiser, Ian Beckerton, Treasurer & Administrator, continue WWAFE founder Elizabeth Sidney’s work with fundraising dinners, participation in UN CSW, and our House of Lords annual seminar series.


Enormous Changes at the Last Minute is the title of short story …