1st Edition

Reconsidering Women's History Twenty years of the Women's History Network

Edited By Lucy Bland, Katharina Rowold Copyright 2015
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    Deriving from the 20th Anniversary Women’s History Network Conference entitled ’20 Years of the Women’s History Network: Looking Back – Looking Forward’, this volume reflects on the state of women’s and gender history as well as showcasing the diversity of the current field. The range of contributions is broad and stimulating, covering such themes as transnational movements, gender and space, sexualities, motherhood, and women in politics. Together, the interdisciplinary chapters reflect the rich diversity of current women’s history and historiography, and will offer important insight to students and scholars researching the past, present and future of feminist studies.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Women’s History Review.

    1. Introduction

    Lucy Bland and Katharina Rowold

    2. The Imagined Communities of Women’s History: current debates and emerging themes, a rhizomatic approach

    Kathryn Gleadle

    3. Geographies of Belonging: white women and black history

    Caroline Bressey

    4. Twenty Years On: feminism’s ‘three body problem’

    Anna Cole

    5. Gendering the Historiography of the Suffragette Movement in Edwardian Britain: some reflections

    June Purvis

    6. Peg’s War: a story told through letters

    Charmian Cannon

    7. ‘Fit to Fight, Fit to Mix’: sexual patriotism in Second World War Britain

    Wendy Webster

    8. Between the Transnational and the Local: mapping the trajectories and contexts of the Wages for Housework campaign in 1970s Italian feminism

    Maud Anne Bracke

    9. An Irregular Period? Participation in the Bradford Women’s Liberation Movement

    Bridget Lockyer

    10. Reassess Your Weapons: the making of feminist memory in young women’s zines

    Red Chidgey

    11. Twenty Years On: remembering the origins of the Women’s History Network (UK)

    Krista Cowman, Leonore Davidoff and Jane Rendall

    12. With Cauliflowers, Kisses and Banners: ‘community’, radical politics, embodied activity and art in the early Women’s History Network (UK)

    Jo Stanley


    Lucy Bland teaches history at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Her publications include Banishing the Beast: Feminism, Sex and Morality (1995, 2002) and Modern Women on Trial: Sexual Transgression in the Age of the Flapper (2013).

    Katharina Rowold is Senior Lecturer in European History at Roehampton University, UK. Her publications include The Educated Woman: Minds, Bodies and Women’s Higher Education in Britain, Germany, and Spain, 1865-1914 (Routledge, 2010).