Books received

Sue Brown’s talk to the Friends on Julia Wedgwood has now been published in Women’s History Review.  Sue writes that ‘the article goes over the ground I covered in my talk but also ranges rather wider, including some thoughts on why Julia Wedgwood has been overlooked for so long’. It can be read, gratis, at

Quiet Revolutionaries  The Married Women’s Association and Family Law, by Sharon Thompson , Reader in Law at Cardiff University, tells the untold story of the Married Women’s Association. Unlike more conventional histories of family law, which focus on legal actors, it highlights the little-known yet indispensable work of a dedicated group of life-long activists.

Formed in 1938, the Married Women’s Association took reform of family property law as its chief focus, and was often involved in dramatic confrontations with politicians, civil servants, and Law Commissioners. The Association boasted powerful public figures, including MP Edith Summerskill, authors Vera Brittain and Dora Russell, and barrister Helena Normanton, campaigning on matters still being debated in family law today.

Drawing upon interviews with members’ friends and family, and thousands of archival documents, Quiet Revolutionaries shows that piecemeal legislation can be an effective stepping stone to comprehensive reform, and highlights how unsuccessful bills, though often now forgotten, can still be important triggers for change.

To listen to podcast episodes about the Married Women’s Association, featuring interviews and archival research, visit and for more information, visit

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Princeton University Press has recently published Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey toward Equity by Claudia Goldin.

A century ago, it was a given that a woman with a college degree had to choose between having a career and a family. Today, there are more female university graduates than ever before, and more women want to have a career and family, yet challenges persist at work and at home. In Career and Family, Claudia Goldin traces how generations of women have responded to this problem, and explains why we must make fundamental changes to the way we work and how we value caregiving if we are ever to achieve gender equality and couple equity.

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Our speaker on 16 March 2022, Dr Alexandra Hughes-Johnson, was beset by Zoom gremlins, and her stimulating presentation was subject to many stops and starts.  Her talk,   “Keep Your Eyes On Us Because There Is No More Napping”: The Wartime Suffrage Campaigns of the Suffragettes of the WSPU and the Independent WSPU’ was based on her chapter of this title in The Politics of Women’s Suffrage: Local, National and International Perspectives (London: University of London Press, 2021), of which she is co-editor with Lyndsey Jenkins. The publication is open-access and Alex’s chapter can be accessed on the PDF link here: The Politics of Women’s Suffrage: Local, National and International Dimensions | Humanities Digital Library (

Alex adds: ‘If anyone would like to buy a physical copy of the book, they can have 30% off by putting in the code VOTES30 at the checkout!’