Journal, Women's History Journal

Women’s History Today Summer 2021

The new look Summer 2021 edition issue of Women’s History Today is now available for purchase.

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Women’s History Today is our new style journal with updated typeface and additional sections. In this edition, we have a range of articles from vastly different periods of women’s history, from the eleventh to the twenty-first century. From a range of perspectives, each of these articles examines ways in which women have both been marginalised from society or excluded from history. Our authors have sought to both to reveal women’s peripheral status and reclaim and recover a different, and sometimes more central, perspective. Each article is built on primary historical research, be that through examining papers, letters and print media, or through oral history and personal testimony.

  • Alice Mulhearn Williams on Food, discipline and belonging in Ireland’s Magdalene laundries, 4
  • Lucy Delap on The Business of Women’s Words, 12
  • Anna Jacobs on What can etiquette books and print media tell us about the experiences of bourgeois women in the public urban spaces of Paris and London, 1850-1900?, 15
  • Judy Faraday on ‘A kind of Superior Hobby’: The Concepts and Contradictions of Women’s Employment viewed through records in the archive of the John Lewis Partnership, 20
  • Ewan Short on The Role of Sichelgaita in Marriage Negotiations between South Italy and Byzantium (c.1071-1074), 24
  • Claire Davey on Escaping redundancy: Constance Maynard’s travels and her challenge to Victorian femininity, 33

Book Reviews

  • Christine Walker, Jamaica Ladies: Female Slaveholders and the Creation of Britain’s Atlantic Empire Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020, 40
  • Rose-Marie Crossan, A Women’s History of Guernsey 1850s-1950s, Denderlock, Argyll: Mòr Media, 2018, 41
  • Dawne Durante (ed.), 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage: A University of Illinois Anthology, Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2019, 41
  • Lara Freidenfelds, The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy: A History of Miscarriage in America, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2020, 42
  • Ludmila Miklashevskaya, edited and translated by Elaine MacKinnon, Gender and Survival in Soviet Russia: A Life in the Shadow of Stalin’s Terror, London: Bloomsbury, 2020, 43
  • Fiona J. Griffiths, Nuns’ Priests’ Tales: Men and Salvation in Medieval Women’s Monastic Life, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018, 43
  • Patricia and Robert Malcolmson (eds.), The Bedford Diary of Leah Aynsley (1943-1946), Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2020, 44
  • Constantine Michalopolous, Ending Global Poverty: Four Women’s Noble Conspiracy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020, 45
  • Rachel Mesch, Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Nineteenth-Century France, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020, 46
  • Diana Peschier, Lost Souls: Women, Religion and Mental Illness in the Victorian Asylum, London, Bloomsbury, 2020, 47

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