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Reconsidering Women's History

Twenty years of the Women's History Network, 1st Edition

Edited by Lucy Bland, Katharina Rowold


184 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Imagined Communities of Women’s History: current debates and emerging themes, a rhizomatic approach 3. Geographies of Belonging: white women and black history 4. Twenty Years On: feminism’s ‘three body problem’ 5. Gendering the Historiography of the Suffragette Movement in Edwardian Britain: some reflections 6. Peg’s War: a story told through letters 7. ‘Fit to Fight, Fit to Mix’: sexual patriotism in Second World War Britain 8. Between the Transnational and the Local: mapping the trajectories and contexts of the Wages for Housework campaign in 1970s Italian feminism 9. An Irregular Period? Participation in the Bradford Women’s Liberation Movement 10.Reassess Your Weapons: the making of feminist memory in young women’s zines 11. Twenty Years On: remembering the origins of the Women’s History Network (UK) 12. With Cauliflowers, Kisses and Banners: ‘community’, radical politics, embodied activity and art in the early Women’s History Network (UK)

About the Editors

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).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Social History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies