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 of the Far Right (November 9 2019)

Women’s History Network, Midlands Region can confirm papers by national and international speakers on: Women Blackshirts; Gabriela Balicka; We, the Mothers Mobilize for America; Women’s roles in the Greater British Movement/National Front’s Spearhead and Right Wing Women’s Mobilization in Colonial Western India. Booking information, available soon!

Twitter: @WHN_WM…

LIMELIGHT, UDDERS, AND WOMEN’S WORKING HISTORY by Dr Jo Stanley

The Dairy Princess of Leeds 1960 and I grabbed a station cab to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills last month to see the Queens of Industry: From Loom to Limelight exhibition there. https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/leeds-industrial-museum/

Celia Gledhill was lugging a holdall full of what the exhibition curator, John McGoldrick, would value as an archivist’s dream: ceremonial sashes, press clippings, correspondence, and glossy 10” x 8” photos.

We were going to enjoy learning about Wool Queens, Gas Queens, Coal Queens, Railway Queens. From the 1920s to the 1980s these grass-roots human beings were units in advertising campaigns to boost consumer consumption in …

Race Women Internationalists Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles, by Dr. Imaobong D Umoren.

In this, our latest blog post, we are delighted to hear from Dr. Imaobong D Umoren, winner of the 2019 women’s history network first book prize for: Race Women Internationalists Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles.

The book developed out of my PhD thesis and explores the travels and involvement of Afro-Caribbean and African American women within a range of internationalist movements in the first half of the twentieth century. Based on newspaper articles, speeches, and creative fiction and adopting a comparative perspective, the book brings together the Jamaican Una Marson, the Martiniquan Paulette Nardal, and the African American Eslanda …

Deceitful bodies by Stephanie Fern Allen

In our latest blog, Stephanie Allen gives us an insight into historical notions of body modification and manipulation.

In the twenty-first century, we are becoming encouraged to embrace our bodies as they are. To showcase their qualities and embrace the natural flaws we were born with. Advertising campaigns such as Dove and Malteasers are showing society that all types of bodies are beautiful, whether they be petite, curvy, tall, scarred or disabled. These days self-expression and self-identity is very much reflected in how our bodies are presented, we choose which elements to enhance and which to cover up. I claim …

Gender Religion and Power Conference – Register now!

We are delighted to announce that the registration for our upcoming conference: Gender, Religion and Power is now open. This conference, run by The Bedford Centre, Royal Holloway University, will take place at Senate House on Saturday, 21st September.

Both religion and power are salient research subjects within gender and women’s history. These subjects have particularly attracted recent attention in discussions of hegemonic structures, as researchers have evaluated the effectiveness of using power as a means to evaluate relationships between and amongst men and women. Understandings of patriarchy, and its multitudinous nature have arisen. These two topics have also inspired …