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An Important Lady: Gertrude Bell in Iraq

November 26, 2017. One hundred years ago to the day, The Manchester Guardian published the contents of an agreement between England and France (ratified by Russia) that divided the Middle East into European zones of influence. This treaty (which would become known as the Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916) directly contradicted...

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The Forgotten History of Women’s Football

This summer, England’s women’s football team competed in the European Championships. As the Women’s Super League has grown in recent years, recently receiving a cash injection intended to double participation by 2018, the profile of women’s history has risen. European championship games were made available to stream on Channel 4’s...

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Postwar Germany and the role of women

When a country returns back to normal after a war ends, there are many changes to the everyday lives of soldiers—and their families. Postwar Germany, virtually razed to the ground during the Second World War, had to not only go through a process of denazification, but also deal with rebuilding...

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Still Our Bodies, Still Ourselves: American Women’s Health Activism Today

Donald Trump became the American president-elect on November 9th, and since then, American national news coverage has continued to document his cabinet picks and planned policies for office. However, beginning during the election campaign, a strong vocal protest to his presidency resounded from feminists. During the election season, Trump made...

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American Women and the Workplace Post-1945

Women’s social roles in America continued to undergo significant transformations after the Seond World War, particularly in regards to the workplace. This article explores how both single and married American women consolidated and increased their participation in the workforce post-1945. World War Two Women’s increased workforce participation in the Second...

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A Review of Julie Summers’ ‘Fashion on the Ration’

Julie Summers is fast establishing herself as the voice of World War Two’s ‘Home Front’. Fashion on the Ration builds on the success of Summers’ Jambusters, which tells the story of the Women’s Institute during World War Two. She explores the wear and tear of the war years in Britain...

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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 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...

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with HTTP

To celebrate the start of Women’s History Month, HTTP posters collaboratively consider why women’s history and Gender Studies are useful analytic tools for historians today and what challenges and opportunities the disciplines pose when communicating history to the public. Joan Scott and Judith Butler open up new modes of thinking...