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, drugs the home front, symptoms deserted wives, and 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, ed to woman More »

Sylvia Pankhurst: Activist with Attitude

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

What is women’s history?

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

 

Women and femininity in the history of science

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

Scholar, writer, educator and early feminist

Bathsua Makin was one of a group of women, look including Christine de Pizan, Margaret Cavendish and Mary Astell,

Women in the 1920s

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 women’s lives, closely examining the variety of experience. Each chapter takes a theme, so

Zabillet – the mother of 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

The trouble with Women Pirates…

What could be sassier, you might think, than a bold, sexy buccaneer?  Slightly dykey and into a light-hearted touch of woman-led bondage. Brandishing—but with a beautiful smile—a long whip to go with that lethal cutlass. And mmmmm, swashbuckling along the

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, c 1623-1674

by Claire Jones Playwright; poet; natural philosopher. It was famously said of Margaret Cavendish that she was different to the rest ‘of her frail sex’ who, unlike her, ‘have Fruitful Wombs but Barren Brains’. Gender in the seventeenth century The

Women’s access to higher education: An overview (1860-1948)

Women’s struggle for higher education did not begin in the mid-late nineteenth century. There had been calls for women to receive educational opportunities equivalent to their brothers well before, including pleas from notable women including Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673),  Mary Astell

Christine de Pizan and the ‘Querelle des femmes’

By Claire Jones Christine de Pizan’s choices and achievements were highly unusual for a woman in the male dominated culture of the Middle Ages. At a time when unflattering opinions about women were widely spread by writers, sovaldi the church

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)

by Claire Jones Writer, feminist and radical; author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) Overview Mary Wollstonecraft was a passionate Enlightenment thinker who is generally celebrated as the first major feminist. Her most significant text, A Vindication

Writing wrongs? Women wordsmiths of the 18th and early 19th centuries

By Jennifer C Kelsey. The art of communication has always been important for women. Whether sharing thoughts, relating experiences, voicing opinions, giving advice or creating fictions, one vital means of communication for women in the past was through the written

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