Feminist history continues to change the way history is written, and in doing so changes our view of the past. The authors of this collection explore how issues of sexuality, class, nationalism and colonialism informed the ways in which women were represented and continue to be represented in history. They show the ways in which women have been excluded, silenced and misrepresented in stories of the past, and how women's lives have been distorted or simplified in conventional historical accounts. Together, they suggest fresh ways of approaching women's history, and use examples of work in new areas of research such as women's health and leisure in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the various methodologies being proposed.
Ann-Marie Gallagher is Senior Lecturer in Combined Honours at the University of Central Lancashire.
Cathy Lubelska was formerly Principal Lecturer in Social History and Women's Studies at the University of Central Lancashire.
Louise Ryan is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Central Lancashire and Research Fellow at the Irish Studies Centre, University of North London.