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 Unpaid Work

This article first appeared in Conversation and is republished under their generous Creative Commons Licence.

Women’s unpaid work must be included in GDP calculations: lessons from history

June 20, 2018 10.45pm AEST




  1. Luke Messac, MD, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Disclosure statement

Luke Messac, MD, PhD does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.




It’s been nearly 80 years since British economists James Meade and Richard Stone devised a method of …



WWAFE 2018 House of Commons seminar series – 100 years of (some) women’s suffrage


How did we get there, what have we done since & what does it mean today – A seminar series on women’s rights, challenges, perspectives, hopes and empowerment

Fiona Onasanya, MP, WWAFE Patron, chairs our 2018 series: 100 Years of (Some) Women’s Suffrage. Chair Dr Jocelynne A. Scutt, Cttee Members Ahlam Akram, Kim Bacchus, Anita Maxatazo and Dr Robin Joyce continue WWAFE founder Elizabeth Sidney’s work and thank Baroness Joyce Gould for her magnificent patronage and chairing of WWAFE House of Lords seminars from

Abstracts from the forthcoming WHN Conference

Unfortunately information about the publication of abstracts in the advertisement that I posted about the Women’s History Network Conference has had to be changed.

Publication of abstracts will not take place this year because of concerns about the new privacy conditions. Although no abstract was published in the past without permission from the author, gaining that permission necessitated the Blog Administrator having access to emails. This is no longer possible.

I shall publish the abstract from my proposed presentation closer to the conference. If anyone else would like to do so, could you approach me through the blog address.

I …

Feeling the Pressure? Financial Stressors Affecting Women Today & Throughout History

Jennifer Heskey

Jennifer Heskey has written this introduction and guide looking at financial stress throughout women’s history and for senior women today.


For decades, it has been a national trend for women to be more stressed than men. While many people might assume that women’s heightened stress levels stem from their familial responsibilities, it’s actually the relational and socioeconomic context of women’s lives that make day-to-day living more taxing. Still, in 2018, there is gender inequality with women earning less than men and having fewer health benefits and access to financial resources even though there is a large number of

Schools History Prize Winner

The Steering Committee are delighted to announce the winner of the #PressforProgress Schools’ HistoryPrize. The winning entry, submitted by Oaklands School, was a thought-provoking project that connects the past to the present and reminds us all that the fight for individual rights goes on. The project is entitled ‘Yarl’s Wood Hunger Strike’ and tutor Nathanael Arnott-Davies , explained the significance of the project:

The wining display

‘As part of the importance of making feminism and women’s history relevant to all types of women and people in the 21st century, drawing comparisons between the Suffragettes and the Hunger strikers…in particular…was