Women's History Journal

Women’s History Today Spring 2022

Special Edition: Focus on Undergraduate Research

The Spring 2022 special edition issue of Women’s History Today is now available for purchase.

The digital version of this edition is available free to all members – see details below.


Women’s History Today is our new style journal with updated typeface and additional sections. This edition focuses on Undergraduate Research. Writing and research can be challenging. However, they afford one of the greatest satisfactions – the ability to share your labours through publication. As historians, this is an expected part of our chosen profession, but the process can be daunting.Since 2020, the Women’s History Network has showcased undergraduate research through its Undergraduate Dissertation Prize and many of the winners and runners-up have published blog posts on our website. The suggestion to go further and give undergraduate students a chance to publish their first academic articles was proposed by our former Chair, Maggie Andrews. This special issue is the first iteration of this effort.

  • Frances Norman on ‘She comitted that abominable act of uncleaness’: Locating Female Sexual Agency in Presbyterian Ireland, c. 1690–1750, 4
  • Esther M. Bennett on ‘A Harlot’s Progress’: Examining Perceptions Of Prostitution Through Printed Literature And Visual Satire In Eighteenth-Century England, 12
  • Olivia Terry on Worn in the Words: Women’s Relationship with Clothing and Textiles in the American West, 1836-1900, 20
  • Amy Joyce on Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Choice’: A Study Of The Women’s Movements And Pro-Choice Campaigns In The Maritime Provinces Of Canada And Scotland, 1970-80s, 28
  • Amal Habib Malik on Storytelling As Protest: How Did South Asian Women Forge Solidarity And Create Spaces For Their Community In Britain?, 35
  • Robert W. Daniel on ‘More difficult for me to bear’: Persecution, Child Loss and Nonconformist Mothers in Seventeenth Century England, 50

From the Archive

  • Elissa Stoddart on ‘Risky Pleasures? An exploration of female experiences of the 1990s rave scene’, 43

Spotlight on Research

  • Sophie Ballinger, Emily Clements, Saffron Kricha and Phoebe Storch on Learning their Legacy: Student Reflections on Studying the Women’s Liberation Movement, 45

Book Reviews

  • Brian Titley, Into Silence and Servitude: How American Girls Became Nuns, 1945-1965, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017, 49
  • Carol Gold, Women in Business in Early Modern Copenhagen 1740-1835, Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2018, 50
  • Keridwen N. Luis, Herlands: Exploring the Women’s Land Movement in the United States, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018, 50
  • Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci, Contraceptive Diplomacy: Reproductive Politics and Imperial Ambitions in the United States and Japan, Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2018, 51
  • Jean Barman, Invisible Generations: Living Between Indigenous and White in the Fraser Valley, Halfmoon Bay, BC: Caitlin Press, 2019, 52
  • Kerri Andrews, Wanderers: A History of Women Walking, London: Reaktion Books, 2020, 53
  • Helen Mathers, Josephine Butler, Patron Saint of Prostitutes, Dublin, The History Press, 2021, 54.

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WHN Members who have subscribed to the print edition will receive a printed copy free.  The PDF edition (ISSN 2752-6704) includes high quality photographs (and in colour where available) as well as active hyper-links.