Information on all LSE’s programmes for the suffrage centenary can be found from now and throughout next year by clicking on this link suffrage18
Call for Volunteers
Women’s Pioneer Housing are excited to announce that we have received funding from the Heritage Lottery fund to research our history. We would really like your help, so this is a call for volunteers.
Our project is called Pioneering Courage: housing and the new working woman 1919 – 1939. It aims to explore the link between the campaign for women’s suffrage, housing and women’s emerging role in the workplace between the wars.
We are studying an era of great drama – 8 million women two years earlier had finally been given the right to vote. But still millions of women, including many who had nursed wounded dying soldiers or served in the new women’s military units, had not and so the fight for full women’s suffrage continued. Suffrage groups were setting new goals. There was a dire housing shortage, with couples and men snapping up any half decent empty flats. Many more women wanted to work and to live independently than ever before and many more women had no choice as so many men had died in the Great War. This meant that women’s work and housing were on their agenda. And our founders were at the heart of this.
Our founding mothers were a diverse group of women, including both suffragists (non-confrontational) and suffragettes (with a “deeds not words” approach). It was previously thought that these two groups seldom worked together, but our founding history dismantles that myth.
Lots of our history is documented in old archive material found in our safe so part of what we’ll be doing will be studying that, concentrating on the years up to World War Two. We would like your help to carry out this research and to find out more generally about the lives of women before World War Two. We often read about the rich and famous – but what about women who were neither, and whose lives were probably not quite as glamorous? What do you remember about the lives of your older women friends, relatives and neighbours?
We will also be researching the women who lived in our homes at the time. Who were they? How was each house divided and what services did the early tenants have? And perhaps most importantly, what difference did having affordable housing make to their lives?
We’re bursting with ideas for ways volunteers could be involved in our project and suspect you might have some even better ones.
If you’d like to know more, call 020 8749 7112 or email Symone.Clark-McGuire@womenspioneer.co.uk.
A Feminist Politics of Ambivalence: Reading with Emma Goldman
Professor Clare Hemmings
Friday 27th April 5:30pm-7:00pm TW1.G01 Tower One, LSE
Department of Gender Studies
To celebrate the publication of her book Considering Emma Goldman: Feminist Political
Ambivalence and the Imaginative Archive (Duke UP: 2018) Clare Hemmings will talk about
the importance for a contemporary audience of anarchist activist and theorist Emma Goldman’
struggles to articulate her utopian vision of a transformed world. While a life-long advocate of sexual freedom, women’s emancipation and anti-nationalism, Goldman remained ambivalent about those commitments she was most passionate about. This talk animates the book’s central theme: that it is politically productive (indeed imperative) to embrace and theorise uncertainty about the routes to freedom we hold most dear. The work proposes that for us, as for Goldman, attending to ambivalence as a political and affective reality is essential if we are to intervene in gendered, raced and sexual meanings to ameliorate the harms of their interwoven structural horror. So too, that attention suggests the importance of a creative political imagination at the heart of fantasies of redress and revolution, an approach that reshapes our relationship to the archive.
Clare Hemmings is Professor of Feminist Theory and Director of the Department of Gender Studies, LSE.
This talk will be followed by a reception, where there will be copies of the book available at a reduced price as well as drink and food! Full Event Information
Our next talk will be “Who read and wrote for Time and Tide? Feminist and Cultural Politics between the two World Wars” Delivered by Catherine Clay
Date: 25th April 2018,
Venue: Room 01 on the lower ground floor of LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street London WC2A 2HD
Time: 2. 30pm.
Please meet in the foyer at 2.15
Cost: £3 for Friends of the Women’s Library and £4 for non-members. Cheques made payable to: The Friends of the Women’s Library and sent to Susan Pares, 86 Crescent Lane, London SW4 9PL
All are welcome, but booking is required as space is limited.
It will be helpful to have an idea of numbers: replies may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-members are requested to supply an email address if possible in case there is a need for us to contact them.
Refreshments will be served.
Frances Balfour, Aristocrat Suffragist
Author Joan B. Huffman, Ph.D.
Date: Wednesday, 16 May, at Crown Court Church at Covent Garden, 6-7 p.m.
As a tribute to Lady Frances, who was the chief individual behind the rebuilding of the Church, 1905-1909, there is one window totally devoted to women of the Bible.
First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire
CALL FOR PAPERS
“The Road to 1919”
Deadline for papers: 23 April 2018
Conference date: 29 June 2018
Venue: Jubilee Room, Palace of Westminster
The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 heralded women’s long-awaited entry to the legal profession. What do we actually know about that journey? How much of that struggle has been recorded? Where is it recorded? The ‘First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire’ Symposia seek to unite academics and researchers in this area and explore the journey of those first women lawyers.
The 2018 meeting will celebrate the centenary of the vote and examine its effect on the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. It will explore the extent to which it gave impetus to women such as Helena Normanton to make renewed attempts to join the legal profession in 1918.
This is the fourth symposium in the ‘First Women Lawyers Symposia’, which has drawn papers from England, Scotland, Estonia, Canada, America and Australia. The 2018 symposium will be held on Friday 29 June 2018, at the Palace of Westminster.
Submissions are welcomed from those researching in this area, including anyone with knowledge that will place the struggle for entry to the legal profession in England and Wales in an international context. Closing date for submission of abstracts: 23 April 2018.
The timetable for the following symposia are as follows:
November 2018: Exhibition Temple Church
Symposium: Thursday 7 February 2019 to be held at Middle Temple (continuing the theme of the road to 1919 and a celebration of the Act which received Royal Assent on 23 December 1919),
Celebration Dinner at Middle Temple Hall: Saturday 11 January 2020 (centenary of the first women Bar students’ first dinner)
June 2020 Symposium: ‘Legacy’
June 2021 Symposium: ‘The other women Lawyers that history has, at best forgotten, at worst ignored’
17 November 2022 Celebration of the 1922 Call night at Middle Temple
See also twitter: @1919lawpioneers
Contact Dr. Judith Bourne: Judith.email@example.com
Women’s History Month lectures at the Palace of Westminster
Tickets for the annual Women’s History Month lectures are now available on Eventbrite. If you wish to book a ticket, please follow the links below. Due to popular demand this year, we ask that if you cannot make an event, please ensure to cancel your ticket to allow space for those on the waiting lists.
Click below for more information.
Exploring suffrage and the women in our history Click here to see events at the National Trust
CENTENNIAL REFLECTIONS ON WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE AND THE ARTS
Local : National : Transnational
An international, multi-disciplinary public conference
University of Surrey, UK, 29-30 June 2018
* Irene Cockroft, author of Women in the Arts & Crafts and Suffrage Movements at the Dawn of the 20th Century
* Elizabeth Crawford, author of The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain and Ireland
The 2018 centenary of the Representation of the People Act (6 February 1918), which granted the vote to many women in the UK, yields an ideal opportunity for sustained critical reflection on women’s suffrage. This conference seeks to explore the artistic activities nurtured within the movement, their range and legacy, as well as the relationships between politics and art. In striving for an inclusive, transnational reach, it will at the same time seek to move beyond traditional emphases on white middle-class feminism and explore the intersections between the regional, national, and global contexts for women’s suffrage with specific respect to the arts.
While proposals addressing any aspects of women’s suffrage will be welcomed, this conference will focus upon three strands:
1. Women’s suffrage in/and the arts
2. Women’s suffrage in Surrey and the surrounds
3. Transnational networks and flows of texts in relation to women’s suffrage
20-minute papers are invited on any aspect of these strands, including but not limited to:
* Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century women’s writing on suffrage;
* Political reflections on the arts and the cultural sphere, e.g. in music;
* Transnational networks and mobilities of political texts and ideas, incorporating suffrage movements in other countries;
* Politically active individuals with strong links to Surrey (particularly in relation to the arts) e.g. Mary Watts, Dame Ethel Smyth, Gertrude Jekyll, Marion Wallace Dunlop;
* Networks such as Ferguson’s Gang, Surrey Hills Group, Surrey Pilgrimage Group, and women who organised suffrage marches;
* Sociological theories of women’s suffrage;
* Contributions of women of colour to suffrage movements in Britain and globally;
* Art (both historical and contemporary) inspired by women’s suffrage.
Proposals for panels of 3-4 papers (1.5-2 hours) are also warmly welcomed, as are proposals for one-hour roundtables of 3-5 participants. We encourage proposals from postgraduate students and independent scholars in addition to institutionally-affiliated established academics.
Planned activities include a panel discussion featuring artists who have been active in performing and creating works based on women’s suffrage and some of its key figures; a recital of the music of Dame Ethel Smyth; and a visit to the nearby Watts Gallery. We envisage that an edited publication will be developed from papers presented at the conference.
Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be e-mailed by 26 January 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions will be communicated to speakers by 23 February 2018. A limited number of student bursaries may be offered to offset costs of attendance.
Poster Girls a century of Art and Design
Now showing at the London Transport Museum
for more information click here London Transport Museum
Millicent Fawcett’s statue
The Fawcett Society has announced the following
We’re proud to reveal Millicent’s statue design for Parliament Square.
Gillian Wearing’s inspirational design will see her in her prime, aged 50 in 1897, the year the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies was formed. The statue also commemorates 52 other suffragist campaigners whose images will be engraved on the plinth.
Now we need your help to make it a reality.
The planning application has been submitted, but there is still a risk that this won’t happen if planning permission is not granted. Please write in support, by clicking ‘Support’ and submitting a comment online via the link below. You can write you own comment, or copy and paste the following:
I’m proud to support planning permission for Millicent Fawcett’s statue in Parliament Square. I believe it will be a fitting monument commemorating Millicent and the many other women who fought for the right to vote.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
The EGA Gallery is open to the public and is free. The permanent exhibition focuses on the story of EGA and the entry of women into the medical profession in Britain, in its historical context, and contains other material relating to pioneering women social campaigners and medics. For further information about the EGA Gallery, you can go to the website of EGA for Women, the group which initiated the project. The website includes images of the exhibition space, opening hours and full address: http://www.egaforwomen.org.uk/