Category: Women’s History Month

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HTTPers Conclude Women’s History Month

We want to reflect back on the posts and related events during Women’s History Month by answering the following questions: What have we learnt? How has it affected our understanding of historical topics? What can we take from it to make history move forward? Gaelle: What strikes me is the...

A Short History of Second Wave Feminism 0

A Short History of Second Wave Feminism

In many of the discussions that are happening in and around feminism today, it is common to come across terms referring to the ‘waves’ of feminism. My own research, looking at how motherhood is represented in European cinema in the 1960s and ‘70s, involves a lot of engagement with ‘second...

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British Politics: A System Shaped By Masculinity

According to the UK Parliament website, when women over the age of 21 were granted the vote in 1928, ‘full equality’ with men was achieved. However, that achievement  is only one facet of women’s involvement in British politics; the reality is more complex. Patterns of exclusion have evolved within the...

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‘An Experience Much Worse Than Rape’: The Force-Feeding of the Price Sisters, 1973-74

The Price sisters occupy an ambiguous space in Northern Irish history. Jailed in 1973 for their role in the IRA London bombing campaign, Dolours and Marian went on hunger strike in a campaign to be repatriated to Northern Ireland. Doctors force-fed the sisters for much of their 200-day protest. The...

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Martyrology and Motherhood: the ‘Polish Mother’ in Postwar National Identity

Devastating as the Second World War undoubtedly was for the whole of Europe, virtually no country was subjected to greater or more traumatic destruction than Poland. These traumas would take decades to process fully, for the Polish state and its populace. Indeed, the war had created such an immense and...

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The 1920s: The Period of Radical Women?

Were American women in the 1920s really that radical? Delving beneath the surface of cultural memories of the period reveals a more nuanced picture of American middle-class women… ‘Well behaved women seldom make history’. This title of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s book is certainly true of women during the 1920s. Popular...

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Complex women in Nazi propaganda?: Femininity in Das Deutsche Mädel magazine

Claudia Koonz questions in her book, Mothers in the Fatherland, why girls accepted the ‘misogyny endemic in’ the Nazi party. Koonz does not provide an answer to this, but the question is often on my mind as I am doing research on post-war life narratives of the Hitler Youth generation....

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The Life and Afterlife of Mary Wollstonecraft

Wollstonecraft is a big name in the business of feminism.  A women’s rights advocate before her time, she argued for equal access to education more than a century before it was fashionable.  Today, she is a watchword for everything that is pioneering, radical and progressive.  Wollstonecraft’s reputation has undergone a...