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WHN Prize Winners 2021

Front cover of Zoë Thomas’s prize-winning monograph

Following the Women’s History Network’s Annual General Meeting, and our recent appointment of this year’s early career and independent fellows, we are pleased to announce another set of prize winners and award recipients.

Book Prize:

Zoë Thomas (University of Birmingham), Women art workers and the Arts and Crafts movement (Manchester, 2020).

Community History Prize:


‘Friends of the Factories’ a project which celebrates the history of the women who made shirts in the factories of Derry/Londonderry.

Highly commended:

The East End Women’s Museum, whose project brought together artist and volunteers to discuss the meaning of a women’s museum.

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize:


Olivia Terry (University of Brighton): ‘Worn in the Words: Women’s Relationship with Clothing and Textiles in the American West, 1836-1900’.

Runners up:

Frances Norman (University of Hertfordshire): ‘I Got the Power’: Female Sexual Agency and Control in Presbyterian Ireland, c. 1690–1750.

Elissa Stoddart (University of Sussex): Risky Pleasures? An exploration of female experiences of the 1990s rave scene.

Highly commended:

Sadiya Akter (QMUL) The Exotic ‘Orient’: The ‘Native’ Mistress as a fantasy, fetish and fixation.

Lauren Murphy (University of Leicester) How structures of power in Ireland created and continued a culture of shame: 1937-1970.

Megan Stuart (University of Durham): Careers for Girls? The Contradictory Nature of ‘Career’ as Presented to Girls in 1950s Britain.

Keep an eye out for blog posts from all these incredible historians and projects over the coming weeks and months! Our MA prize is also now open and will be announced in women’s history month.

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