Tagged: womenshistory

THE DEVONSHIRE, or Most Approved Method of Securing Votes', by Thomas Rowlandson 0

The 1784 Election: Masculinity in Crisis?

The 1784 election contest for the constituency of Westminster was one of the most hotly contested in history, ‘forty days of riot, forty days of confusion’ in the words of Pitt the Younger . Aged only 24, Prime Minister Pitt tried to snatch Westminster from the hands of self-proclaimed ‘man...

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Revisiting the History of Oral Contraceptives

Women’s health is a crucial part of women’s history, and the birth control pill represents a technology that has changed the lives of women internationally since its creation. After initially coming on the market in the 1960s, oral contraceptives quickly became a bestseller throughout the United States. In America, the...

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Who was Imane Khalifeh, the Unsung Peacemaker of the Lebanese Civil War?

Since March is Women’s History Month, what better time of year to write a piece highlighting the contributions of pioneering women without risking being branded an undercover feminist agent? There is a huge debate on the definition of feminism and its concepts, but most importantly, Women’s History Month reminds us...

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Privileged from the Needle: Obstacles to Early Modern Scholarly Women

When asked what the topic of my PhD is, I usually answer (not very snappily) “British early modern women philosophers”. Obviously, it’s a bit more complicated than that. However, the women I’m studying are little enough known that that usually suffices: women philosophers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries tend...

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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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Objectionable Injection? Views of the Contraceptive Depo-Provera

Beginning in the early 20th century, leaders in the population control movement reported the world was experiencing a ‘population explosion’ in the poorest nations, and looked to contraceptive technology to limit fertility. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, a new form of contraception gained increasing public attention. Depot medroxyprogesterone...

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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...

First World War Women Munition Workers. Source: The Guardian 0

Nothing More Than Photo-Opportunities?

Women’s Work and the First World War Arthur Marwick once argued that the First World War had an emancipatory and liberating effect on women. Since then, historians have revisited and revised this interpretation, arguing that the war was not transformative for women – the change, if any, was slight and...