Secret Agent – Part 1

Juliette Pattinson interviews Yvonne Baseden and tells the story of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during WWII More »

‘the only black-out is the black-out in my soul’

British women’s poetry of the Second World War by Anne Powell … experiences connected with the blitz, the shopping queues, the home front, deserted wives, deceived husbands, broken homes, dull jobs, bad More »

Women’s History Walk around Radical Manchester

By Michael Herbert.  Manchester was the world’s first great industrial city—‘Cottonopolis’—its privilege and poverty both dazzled and appalled by turn. It played a significant role in the formation of radical movements that More »

Women and Madness

By Claire Jones. The association of madness with 19C femininity has generated much research by historians of women’s history. Although this association can be traced back to medieval times, to woman mystics More »

Sylvia Pankhurst: Activist with Attitude

As a little girl growing up in Woodford Green, on the fringe of Epping Forest, just before World War Two, I was warned by my very conventional Conservative parents to walk on More »

What is women’s history?

History is all too often exactly that - His Story. Typically the narratives told are the stories of men, with major events interpreted according to their impact on the masculine sex, to More »

 

Railwaywomen: from backstage heroine to train driver

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Overview Railways are imbued with maleness to their very core. Everyone connected with the creation and operation of railways was male: business men and financiers, architects and engineers, navvies and bricklayers, managers and operating staff. The masculinity of railways was

Secret Agent – Part 2

Yvonne Baseden

It took hours. We were all lying in this aircraft, you know on the bare metal and we could hear a lot of banging going on. We couldn’t see a thing. Then the dispatcher used to come round and say

The King’s Smuggler

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Jane Whorwood, Secret Agent to Charles I by John Fox (The History Press, 2010) Reviewed by Amanda Capern This intriguing book is an account of the life of Jane Whorwood. Whorwood’s main claim to fame is that she acted as

Secret Agent – Part 1

Yvonne Baseden

Juliette Pattinson interviews Yvonne Baseden and tells the story of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during WWII

Lily Montagu, Religious Reformer and Social Worker

Lily Montagu

By Rabbi Lawrence Rigal Today both Liberal and Reform movements now have women Rabbis and they use new prayer books written in inclusive language, where God is no longer referred to in male terms. All of this directly followed on

Eglantyne Jebb, 1876-1928, Founder of Save the Children and champion of children’s rights

Eglantyne Jebb

By her biographer, Clare Mulley Eglantyne Jebb, an unlikely children’s champion? ‘To succeed in life, you must give life’ Eglantyne Jebb once wrote. But she herself did not give life in the traditional way expected of a well-to-do Edwardian lady

Women and femininity in the history of science

Madame Lavoisier

By Claire Jones Women have always participated in scientific endeavour, even before the term ‘scientist’ was invented. (The term ‘scientist’ is usually attributed to William Whewell, Cambridge academic, who used it in its modern sense in 1841, but some scholars

Bathsua Makin, c 1608-1675

Bathsua Makin Esaay

Scholar, writer, educator and early feminist Overview Bathsua Makin was one of a group of women, including Christine de Pizan, Margaret Cavendish and Mary Astell, who can be described as ‘early feminists’ (although the term ‘feminist’ only came into use

Women in the 1920s

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by Pamela Horn, (Stroud: Amberley, 2010), (Paperback) £16.00, ISBN 978-1-84868-811-7 Reviewed by Fiona Skillen Pamela Horn provides an informative and detailed account of life for women during the 1920s in Britain. She works her way carefully through different aspects of

Zabillet – the mother of Joan of Arc

Joan Of Arc

 By Joy Bounds Introduction The story of Joan of Arc (Jehanne) is well known. A young, fifteenth-century peasant girl, she led the French army successfully against the English occupiers, and was later captured and burnt at the stake at the