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Women's History

Issue No 63 August 2014
Highlights and

Steering Committee News

Next Annual General Meeting

Updated list of Members Standing for Election to the Steering Committee September 2014

WHN Announcements

A Message from WHN Charity Representative

Womens History Network Community Prize shortlisted entries

General Announcements

CLIO, Femmes, Genre,  Histoire is  proud to announce the publication of our first on-line English version: When Medicine Meets Gender

Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

Conferences, Workshops, and Seminars
Women's History Scotland Conference
27 September 2014

Steering Committee News

Next Annual General Meeting
6th September 2014, 2pm
University of Worcester
For more information:

Members Standing for Election to the Steering Committee September 2014

Members standing for election to the Steering Committee September 2014


The following WHN members are interested in joining the Steering Committee from September 2014 to replace committee members who have completed their 4 year term or resigned due to changing personal circumstances (7 vacancies). The current convener, Barbara Bush, is among those ending her term of office. She has proposed that June Purvis take over as convener and this has been seconded by another committee member, Jane Berney, and has the unanimous support of the current Steering Committee. As the convener has a vital co-ordinating role it was important that the handover process began before the normal call for new Steering Committee members in order to ensure a smooth transition. We hope that membership will fully endorse June as new convener at the AGM, and indeed the other prospective new Steering Committee members.



Professor Joanne Bailey

Joanne Bailey is Professor in History at Oxford Brookes University, where she teaches social and cultural history. She joined Oxford Brookes in March 2005 from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge where she was a College Teaching Officer and Director of Studies in History (2003-5). Prior to this she was a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford (1999-2002) and read for her BA and PhD at the University of Durham.

She specialises in the history of the family, household, marriage, the legal position of married women, domestic violence, masculinities, law, emotions and gender. Her books include Unquiet Lives: marriage and marriage breakdown in England 1660-1800 (CUP, 2003) and Parenting in England c.1760-1830: emotions, self-identity and generation (OUP, 2013). Her articles and chapters cover a range of areas from litigants’ role in the Church Courts, the status of women under the Common Law Doctrine of Coverture, attitudes towards marital violence, to fatherhood and cohabitation.

She is currently working on two book projects: Sex and the Church in the Long Eighteenth Century with her co-author Professor William Gibson, and a study of the concept of being manly in England 1756-1856 which is intended to use a material culture approach. Forthcoming articles and chapters include studies of the weeping sailor and the unmanly body. Professor Bailey is also giving a keynote on the language of pregnancy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which she hopes will become an article in the near future. She blogs regularly on her research interests at:


Dr Alana Harris

I am the Darby Fellow in History at Lincoln College Oxford and my research interests include intellectual and cultural history, gender and migration, as well as popular religion, ritual and material culture. I have a longstanding interest in women’s history, which emerged as a critical component of my doctoral studies and subsequent first monograph, Faith in the Family: A Lived Religious History of English Catholicism, 1945-82 (MUP 2013).

I was co-convener of the Oxford graduate Gender and History reading group from 2004-8 while undertaking my DPhil, and I now lecture, teach and assess on a variety of undergraduate papers

relating to gender and women’s studies, as well as teaching and assessing for the Oxford MSt in Women’s Studies graduate programme.

My evolving research interests are inextricably linked to women’s history, including a recently commenced two year project (and conference), auspiced by the University of Notre Dame, on ‘The Nun in the World: a Transnational Study of Catholic Sisters and the Second Vatican Council’. I have also been approached by Yale University Press to write a trade book on women in 1960s Britain, and the book proposal for this publication is in production. I have published in (and reviewed for) Women’s History Review, Gender and Religion and have an edited collection forthcoming in the Palgrave Macmillan ‘Genders and Sexualities in History’ series (Love and Romance in Britain, 1918-70, co-edited with Tim Jones). I would be delighted to be considered for a position on the WHN Steering Committee.


Dr Eve Colpus

I am a Lecturer in British & European History post-1850 at the University of Southampton

I grew up in Devon, and studied at the University of Oxford, where I completed my BA (Hons) in History (First), MSt in Historical Research (Distinction) and DPhil. in History (2011). I moved to the University of Southampton as a Lecturer in History in 2012, having worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford for the previous year. My research is on cultural, gender and intellectual history, predominantly of nineteenth and twentieth century Britain.

My recent publications focus on two key areas: women’s experiences of the ‘introspective turn’ of the early-to-mid-twentieth century and cultures and technologies of philanthropy. I won Twentieth Century British History’s David Tanner Essay Prize (2010) for the best article submitted by a graduate or early career scholar for my article on cultures of philanthropy and the early BBC. I am currently working on a book that brings together my two current research interests, The Flame of Kindness: Female Philanthropy in the Interwar World.

I have a long-standing commitment to supporting women’s and gender history within the academy, amongst students and in the wider community. As a graduate student, I convened a research seminar on Gender History for several years, and was a programme organiser for the WHN Conference held at St Hilda’s College, Oxford in 2009. I have taught courses and supervised research projects on a range of topics on British history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and the history of sexuality at the University of Southampton, and for the interdisciplinary MSt in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford. I also have substantial administrative experience, including conference organisation, seminar convening and departmental and managerial roles, most recently as Marketing officer for the History department at Southampton.

Professor June Purvis (Prospective Convener)

June Purvis is Emeritus Professor of Women’s and Gender History, University of Portsmouth where she heads up the Women’s and Gender Studies Research Cluster in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. June has published extensively on women history, women’s education in nineteenth-century Britain and on the suffragette movement in Edwardian times, including Emmeline Pankhurst: a biography (Routledge 2002). An edited collection Women’s

Activism: global perspectives from the 1890s to the present (co-edited with Francisca de Hann, Margaret Allen and Krassimira Daskalova appeared in 2013. June is the Founding and Managing Editor of the journal Women’s History Review and also the Editor for a Book Series on Women’s and Gender History, both with Routledge. From 2005-10 she was the Treasurer and Secretary of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History.


Dr. Catherine T. Lee

Catherine Lee is an Associate Lecturer and Research Affiliate in History at the Open University where she gained her PhD in History. Her key publications are Policing Prostitution, 1856–1886: Deviance, Surveillance and Morality, Pickering and Chatto, (2012)

‘Prostitution and Victorian Society revisited: the Contagious Diseases Acts in Kent’, Women’s History Review (2012) and ‘Prostitution in the Medway Towns 1860-1885’ (co-authored) Local Population Studies, Autumn 2009. She has also presented a number of conference papers including ‘A woman of common sense, tact and sympathy’: The women police of early twentieth- century Kent’ Social History Society, University of Northumbria, Newcastle April 2014; ‘“Every appearance of dissipation in her countenance”: Exploring the stereotypes in newspaper court columns: a comparison of Kent and Dundee 1855-1890’ British Crime Historians Symposium 3, 6-7 September, 2012, The Open University, Milton Keynes (joint paper); ‘Behind the timbers with a sailor’: Reassessing interpretations of the Contagious Diseases Acts (1864-69) Social History Society, Glasgow March 2010; ‘Prostitution in the port, dockyard and garrison towns of Kent, 1860-1880’ Local Population Studies Society, University of Hertfordshire 19th April 2008;‘Class control or working the system? The regulation of street disorder in Kent, 1850-1875’, Social History Society, Rotterdam April 2008 and ‘She being a common prostitute’: Policing Street Prostitution in Kent, 1860-1880’ Social History Society, University of Exeter April 2007


Dr. Penny Tinkler

Penny Tinkler gained her PhD in ‘Education and Social History 1984-1988’ from Lancaster University and is currently a Senior lecturer Sociology at the University of Manchester where she has held a post since 1993. She is on the edittorial board Gender and Education and is Book Reviews editor for Women’s History Review. Her key publications include:-

* Tinkler, P. (2013) Using Photos in Social and Historical Research. Sage. 248 pages.

* Tinkler, P. (2006) Smoke Signals: Women, Smoking and Visual Culture in Britain. Berg. 288 pages.

* Tinkler, P. and Jackson, C. (2004) The PhD Examination Process: A Handbook for Students, Examiners and Supervisors. Open University Press, 2004. 228 pages. (Reprinted 2005.)

* Tinkler, P. (1995) Constructing Girlhood: popular magazines for girls growing up in England, 1920-1950. Taylor and Francis. 209 pages.


She has also published numerous articles in journals and edited book collections, most recently:-

* Tinkler, P. and Jackson, C. (2014) ‘The Past in the Present: Historicizing contemporary debates in gender and education’, Gender and Education 26(1), 70-86.

* Tinkler, P. (2010) ‘“Picture me as a young woman”: researching girls’ photo collections from the 1950s and 1960s.’ Photography & Culture 3 (3), 261-282.

* Tinkler, P. (forthcoming 2014) ‘Teenagers, photography and self-fashioning 1956-65.’ In E. Rappaport, S. T. Dawson and M.J. Cowley (eds) Consuming Behaviours: Identity, politics, and pleasure in Twentieth-Century Britain, Berg.

* Tinkler, P. (2011) ‘“When I was a girl . . .”: women talking about their girlhood photo collections’. In A. Thomson and A. Freund (eds), Oral History and Photography, Palgrave, pp.45-60.

Additionally, Penny has published on key issues in higher education, most recently

Tinkler, P. and Jackson, C. (2008) ‘The Viva.’ In J. Longman and G. Hall (eds) Postgraduate Study. Sage, 369-384.


Dr. Natalie Thomlinson

I am a historian of gender and feminism in modern Britain, and was educated at the universities of Oxford (BA), London (MA), and Cambridge (PhD). I am currently completing a book for Palgrave Macmillan entitled Race and ethnicity in the women’s movement in England, 1968-1993: this has grown out of my PhD which I completed in 2013. As the book title suggests, I am committed to examining how experiences of gender are mediated through categories such as race, class, sexuality and age. I am also developing two new projects. The first of these is a cultural history of menstruation in modern Britain, in which I will seek to understand why attitudes towards, and understandings of, menstruation, have changed so rapidly in twentieth century Britain. The second of these projects, which I am developing with a colleague, examines the relationship between the Women’s Liberation Movement and women in mining communities during the miners’strike of 1984/84. I have taught at the universities of Cambridge and Lincoln, and am currently a research associate for the Sisterhood and After project at the University of Sussex. I currently live in South Yorkshire, where I was born and brought up, and am committed to ensuring that the lives of ‘ordinary’ women are not lost to the historical record. Because of this, I use oral history in much of my research and retain a perhaps unfashionable belief in its use as a tool to recover historical experiences that would otherwise go unrecorded. I would therefore be delighted to be part of the Women’s History Network steering committee, and play a role in supporting the work of feminist historians in Britain today.

Dr Robin Rosemary Joyce

Robin studied history and politics at honours level at the University of Western Australia. Her thesis argued that women in the Australian Labor Party in the early 1900s were activist rather than women who worked behind the scenes supporting males in their official capacity by providing them with tea and scones. She completed a MA in History at the Australian National University, writing about women in the broader labour movement. In part the thesis compared

the roles of Jean Beadle, the ‘Grand Old Lady of Labor’ and Cecilia Shelley the union firebrand, between the early 1900s and the 1930s. The thesis also gives relatively unknown women their rightful place in union and party political history. More recently her studies centred on communications and literature. Her PhD thesis was a revisionist account of Barbara Pym’s writing in which she contends that Barbara Pym was a feminist writer whose novels and short stories have mistakenly been seen as cosy stories of spinsters and vicars.

She taught History, English and Media at College and Communications at the University of Canberra. She worked in the Australian Public Service in the departments of Communications, Industrial Relations and Education.

Now Living in London, Robin is writing a book, ‘Barbara Pym and The Troublesome Woman’ and writes reviews and short stories.

Felicity Cawley A third year PhD student at the University of Glasgow, I completed both my undergraduate masters in history and postgraduate masters in social and cultural history at the University of Edinburgh. My principal research interests are in childhood and youth experience in twentieth century Britain; I am particularly interested in youth subcultures, media and delinquency, as well as the role of gender. My masters research looked at continuity and change in gender constructions within youth periodicals during inter- and post-war Britain. My current research forms part of the AHRC funded project 'Working Class Marriage in Scotland, 1855 - 1976' [], headed by Eleanor Gordon at the University of Glasgow, and looks at the effects of family form and parental marital status on experiences of childhood in twentieth century Scotland. As a PhD student I am very active in the gender history community and wish to strengthen and continue my association with the field throughout my career. I currently serve as a postgraduate representative on the committee for the Centre for Gender History based at the University of Glasgow, and I also convene their monthly 'Hufton' postgraduate reading group. I also supplied maternity cover for the 'Gender & History' journal over the summer of 2013, acting as a review administrator.

Dr. Caroline Bressey


Caroline Bressey is a Lecturer in Human Geography, University College London where she completed her PhD on ‘Forgotten Geographies: Historical Geographies of Black Women in Victorian and Edwardian London in 2003. In 2009 she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for Geography by the Leverhulme Trust which supported the completion of her research on Anti-Caste and her time as a Visiting Scholar at Monash Indigenous Centre, Faculty of Arts Monash University, Melbourne

(December 2011–February 2012). Caroline is the author of Empire, Race and the Politics of Anti-Caste, Bloomsbury Academic, 2013 and co-editor with Hakim Adi of Belonging in Europe: The African Diaspora and Work, Routledge, 2010 and New Geographies of Race and Racism, Ashgate 2008 co-edited with Dr Claire Dwyer. She is also the author of a number of key articles on black British history in edited collections and journal articles including ‘Four Women: Black women writing in London between 1880 and 1920 in Fiona Paisley and Kirsty Reid (eds) Critical Perspectives on Colonialism: Writing the Empire from below, Routledge, 2014 and ‘Geographies of Belonging: white women and black history’ Women’s History Review, 22/4, 2013. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board for Women’s History Review and an Academic Advisor and member of Archive Acquisition Sub-Committee, for the Black Cultural Archives. She has previously acted as an adviser to the Museum in Docklands, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London African Diaspora Research Project advisory group and the National Archives User Advisory Group, for cataloguing and project strategy.

Member profiles
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A Message from WHN Charity Representative
WHN is a charity and as such is allowed to make claims under the Gift Aid Scheme.  This is really simple way for WHN to raise money without increasing our subs. The Gift Aid scheme applies to gifts of money (including subscriptions) donated to charities by individuals who pay UK tax. Under the scheme, Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor and then the recipient is allowed to recover this.  But it is the Charity (in this case WHN) that has to make the claim, not you.  All you need to do is sign the Gift Aid declaration which is on the website (

As Charity Rep I will record your donation - which is money you've already paid tax on - and reclaim the basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its 'gross' equivalent - the amount before basic rate tax was deducted. So if basic rate tax is 20 per cent, and you pay  £10 and sign the Gift Aid declaration I can recover an additional £2.50 from HMRC, so your £10 is actually worth £12.50 to the WHN.You do however need to earn enough to pay tax and if you pay higher rate tax you will need to declare this on your tax returns but it will not increase the amount of tax you pay.
I would therefore ask all members to sign the Gift Aid declaration as it is a really simple way for WHN to increase its revenue.
Dr Jane Berney FCA
WHN Charity Representative

We are always looking for contributions to our blog. If you have an idea for a blog post then please contact Jocelynne Scutt at For the guidelines for submission please see here:

Women’s History Magazine
Women’s History Magazine is the journal of the Women’s History Network, publishing long and short articles on all aspects of women’s history, book reviews and more. We would like to draw our membership’s attention to a number of new features being trialled in the Magazine. As well as traditional historical research, the Magazine is interested in publishing short news articles and reports on ongoing historical projects in the area of women’s history, particularly from members of the heritage and education community, with the aim of encouraging ties between our academic and wider audiences and building collaborations.  After the success of a number of special issues, we would also like to invite our membership to consider us as a venue for special issues arising from workshops, conferences and similar events. If you have an idea for such an issue, please get in touch. We have also started publishing themed literature reviews, so if you have are interested in writing one let us know.  Finally, we will, of course, continue in our main business of publishing high quality research articles from both within and outside of academia. We welcome such submissions all year round. All research articles are peer-reviewed and count towards research assessment. If you would like to know more or have an idea, please contact Katie Barclay at

WHN Annual Conference
Home Fronts: Gender, War and Conflict
23rd Women’s History Network Annual Conference
University of Worcester
5-7 September 2014
Offers of papers are invited which draw upon the perspectives of women’s and gender history to discuss practical and emotional survival on the Home Front during war and conflict. Although the term Home Front was initially used during the First World War, and the conference coincides with the commemorations marking the centenary of the beginning of this conflict, we welcome papers which explore a range of Home Fronts and conflicts, across diverse historical periods and geographical areas. For more information on the conference and how to submit an abstract:

Women's History Network Community Prize

The entries shortlisted for the 2014 Women's History Network Community Prize is now available:

Projects will be judged by an independent panel, and the winner from the 5 'Highly Commended' entrants will be disclosed on Monday 1 September. The award ceremony will take place at the Women's History Network Conference in Worcester on Friday 5 September.


Clio First On-line Version
CLIO, Femmes, Genre,  Histoire is  proud to announce the publication of our first on-line English version  2013/1 (No. 37)  When Medicine Meets Gender

For more information please visit:

Graphic Details: Confessional Comic
24 September – 13 December 2014

Space Station Sixty-Five are delighted to announce the internationally acclaimed touring exhibition Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women will be coming to London this Autumn.
Curated by Sarah Lightman and Michael Kaminer the exhibition includes works by Vanessa Davis; Bernice Eisenstein; Sarah Glidden; Miriam Katin; Aline Kominsky-Crumb; Miss Lasko-Gross; Sarah Lazarovic; Miriam Libicki; Sarah Lightman; Diane Noomin; Corinne Pearlman; Trina Robbins; Racheli Rotner; Sharon Rudahl; Laurie Sandell; Ariel Schrag; Lauren Weinstein; and Ilana Zeffren.


Details as follows:
Graphic Details Confessional Comics by Jewish Women
24 September – 13 December 2014
Tuesday 23 September 18.30 - 20.30
Late Night Opening:
Friday 26 September 18.30 - 20.30
All welcome,
Space Station Sixty-Five, 373 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4PS
Visiting times:
Wednesday - Saturday 12.00–18.00 and by appointment.
'Last Fridays', monthly late openings 6.30-8.30pm, as part of the South London Art Map: 26/09, 31/10 & 28/11 2014


For a new essay in Scottish women's or gender history
Women’s History Scotland awards a bi-annual prize of £100 for a new essay in the field of Scottish women's and/or gender history.
 The prize was established in 2002 to celebrate the work of Leah Leneman, one of the foremost historians of women in Scotland. A trail-blazer for women's history in Scotland, she produced innovative studies on the women's suffrage movement, on women in medicine, and on sexuality and divorce in the early modern and modern periods.
Women’s History Scotland wishes to acknowledge the important work of Leah Leneman and to encourage new women's & gender historians to publish their work and to continue researching and writing in the field of Scottish women's and gender history.
 Forms of work that may be submitted include: undergraduate dissertation, postgraduate work (e.g. Masters dissertation or chapter of PhD) or a piece of original research by an independent scholar. Please note the instructions for preparation below.
¨     The essay must be principally focused on some aspect of Scottish women's or gender history but may deal with any time period.
¨     No area of Scottish women’s or gender history is excluded.
¨     The submission should be written in English and in a form suitable for publication.
¨     It should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words in length. Longer or shorter submissions will not be considered.
¨     The essay should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
To be eligible to submit an essay to the competition the candidate must not be in permanent academic employment. The essay will be considered by a panel of judges set up by the Steering Committee of Women’s History Scotland and the prize will be presented at one of the Scottish Women's History Network conferences. The winning essay may be put forward to be considered for publication in the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies.
Queries about eligibility of the entrant or essay topic should be addressed to Deborah Simonton (
An electronic copy (PDF) of the completed essay should be sent to Deborah Simonton at the above email address by Friday, 19 December 2014.

Include full name and contact details on a separate sheet, and not on the essay.



Premodern Queenship and Diplomacy in Europe
Canterbury Christ Church University
12-13 September 2014

This conference organised by Canterbury Christ Church University and Lancaster University seeks to raise important questions about the role that premodern queens played in diplomatic relations throughout Europe. Traditionally, female involvement in diplomacy has focused upon the role of queens consort as pawns within marriage alliances and military treaties, or the foreign policy agenda of queens regnant. However, queens in the medieval and early modern period were central to developing international relations; promoting certain policies and people; and balancing the intricacies of European politics. These women could act not only independently of male influence, but also on behalf of their own personal dynastic interests, placing them sometimes at odds with their marital allegiance. This conference builds upon recent interest in diplomacy and elite women’s involvement in policy-making and politics to show that diplomacy was not a male-dominated area controlled by the monarch alone.

Is Gender Still Relevant?
University of Bradford 
16-17 September 2014

Despite over 30 years of campaigning and policy, why does gender remain a key issue today?
The ‘Is Gender Still Relevant?’ seminar, sponsored by the British Academy, addresses the state of play in gender research in the historic disciplines, and asks if (and why) we still need feminism.
The event will discuss both research and academic practice and welcomes participation from all career stages, particularly early career scholars. We are also keen on perspectives from all genders – this isn’t just about women!
Confirmed Participants include:
Prof Roberta Gilchrist, University of Reading (FBA and event champion)
Prof Maggie Andrews, University of Worcester
Thomas Dowson, Independent researcher
Prof Patricia Skinner, Swansea University
Prof Helen King, Open University
Prof Ray Laurence, University of Kent
Dr Anne Murphy, University of Hertfordshire
Dr Garthine Walker, Cardiff University
For further details, including how to register, please visit     
Contact details:

Women's History Scotland Annual Conference
Abertay University, Dundee
Saturday 27th September 2014

Following the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and a year of celebrations of sport throughout Scotland, the 2014 WHS conference will be held at Abertay University, Dundee on Saturday 27th September 2014 where we will hear from researchers speaking around the themes of Gender, Fitness and Sport in historical and contemporary contexts.
Professor Charlotte Macdonald will deliver the Sue Innes Memorial Lecture:
'Beautiful Bodies: Glasgow's 1938 gift to women and to empire'
If you would like to attend the conference please complete the relevant 2014 conference registration documents which are available on our website:

Intersectionality:  A Space for Theoretical and Practitioner Discussion
The University of Sussex
21-22 November 2014

The Race in the Americas (RITA) group presents a two-day conference bringing together academics, activists and practitioners who share a concern for and interest in intersectionality.  The event will include:

>Academic presentations on the theme of intersectionality
>Activist and practitioner presentations on how and why intersectionality features in their work
>A roundtable discussion involving academics, activists and practitioners fleshing out a comparison between the intersectionality which is theorised in academia and the intersectionality which guides activists and practitioners in the everyday

For further information please go to

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is supported by the University of Sussex.

About the Newsletter
The Newsletter of the Women’s History Network is circulated to all members on a monthly basis. It provides an up-to-date means of communication and information sharing between members of the network and enables the Steering Committee to keep members up-to-date with news, conferences and other events concerning women’s history. The Newsletter provides a forum for publicising your events and informing members about other activities and projects.  The contents of the Newsletter depend partly upon what has been submitted for circulation by members. So please feel free to send information about Conferences, Events, News, indeed anything that you think would be of interest to members of WHN to the editor, Meleisa Ono-George, The deadline for copy is the last day of the month, for the next month’s newsletter (usually sent out on or before the 5th of the month)
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