Tag Archives: Women’s history

Where are the Women in School History?

Sue Johnson takes an historical look at the curriculum ….. `Why didn’t I know that before?` and `… but Women’s History is real history!’ are both familiar cries from undergraduates on women’s history modules. Why are they only making this

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

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

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

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

The Married Women’s Property Acts (UK, 1870, 1882 and 1893)

By Claire Jones These acts were a milestone along women’s route to equality. The legal position of married women for most of the nineteenth century was little short of that of a slave. (This was the way in which philosopher

Ethelflaed (Aethelflaed) d. 918

Saxon  princess, ‘freedom figher’ and ruler of the Mercians Ethelflaed was the daughter and first-born child of Alfred the Great.  She led her troops into battle against the Vikings and it was only with her active  support that her younger

A brief history of feminism

By Claire Jones Many people think of feminism as beginning with the women’s movement of the 1970s, generic but feminism was around even before bras had been invented –  let alone burned. Women scholars were arguing for a fairer deal

Women and the bicycle

By Claire Jones In the mid 1880s, tadalafil the emergence of a new, clinic relatively stable and easy to ride ‘safety bicycle’ provided women with a chance for mobility, increased  independence and freedom from the confines of the home. Women

Davies and Davison

Is commemoration a matter of deeds versus words? The famous tragic incident when suffragette Emily Davison fatally threw herself in front of the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby, 1913, remains engraved on the public’s memory. Indeed, many of you