Monthly Archives: June 2012

Augusta Ada Lady Lovelace (1815 – 1852)


Mathematician and collaborator with Charles Babbage on the development of the forerunner to the computer. By Claire Jones Early Life There are conflicting accounts of Ada’s life—and even some mythologizing (probably due to her association with her celebrated father, the

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 challenged the status quo including trade unionism, co-operation,

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 such as Julian of Norwich for example, it



by Bram Stoker (Vintage Classics, 2007) rrp £5.99. Reviewed by Linda Friday. Women’s history best read with the lights on… Most of us will be familiar with Bram Stoker’s anti-hero, the dark, dangerous and sexually-magnetic Dracula, but not all of

Land Girls and Their Impact


by Ann Kramer (Remember When: Pen & Sword Books, 2009) paperback,  rrp £14.99 Reviewed by Sue Johnson. Land Girls & Their Impact is a welcome addition to the history of this important service which was active in both world wars.

Like Mayflies in a Stream


by Shauna Roberts (Hadley Rille Books, 2009) paperback, rrp £9.99 Reviewed by Rebecca Bowles Lawson Shauna Roberts takes the reader on a rich and compelling journey to the ancient city of Uruk in Mesopotamia, approximately 4750 years ago. Said to

Sylvia Pankhurst: Activist with Attitude - part 2

Sylvia Pankhurst at a suffrage protest in Trafalgar Square (1912)
Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

(…continued from part 1) After the passing of the 1913 Prisoners’ Temporary Discharge Act for Ill Health  (known as the ‘Cat and Mouse’ Act) Sylvia was more than once released for short periods, only to be rearrested once sufficiently recovered.

Sylvia Pankhurst: Activist with Attitude

Sylvia Pankhurst at a suffrage protest in Trafalgar Square (1912)
Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

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 the other side of the road when I

Women car designers and designing cars for women

Volvo's 'Your Concept Car' team

Cars have been on the roads for about 120 years and women have been involved in designing and driving them for all of that time. This involvement has become largely invisible – so much so that major car manufacturer Volvo

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 the exclusion of any feminine point of view