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Our new programme of afternoon talks begins on Thursday 21 September with

‘Discoveries and Surprises:  Writing Lady Frances’.

Joan Huffman has recently completed a biography of Lady Frances Balfour (1858-1931), Scottish aristocrat and suffragist, and we look forward to hearing about her important political networks and lifelong commitment to the cause.
Time: 2.30pm 

Location: Room 01, LSE Library.  

Cost: £3 for members and £4 for non-members. 

cheques should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Diana Dollery, 101 Corringham Road, London NW11 7DL

Refreshments will be served

Please assemble in the LSE Library foyer at 2.00pm.  

It will be helpful to have an idea of numbers: replies may be sent to


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.


Millicent Fawcett Statue



Call for Papers: Women’s Suffrage and Political Activism

A conference to commemorate the Centenary of the 1918 Reform Act     

Date: Saturday February 3rd 2018,

Venue: Murray Edwards College, Cambridge  

For many British and Irish suffragists the vote was essential to obtaining justice for working women, peace and wider social reform. Yet in practice, working relationships between suffragists, peace activists and socialists were often troubled. This conference explores the ideas, strategies and controversies relating to the women’s movement in the years leading up to the 1918 Reform Act and its aftermath. We welcome contributions on individual suffragists and suffrage groups in Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. We invite abstracts on attitudes to women’s suffrage in the labour movement, women’s peace initiatives during the First World War, and initiatives in support of equal franchise and feminist reforms from 191828. Papers should demonstrate new research, and awareness of the complexity of the relationship between working-class women, suffragists, social reformers and the organised labour movement.

Please send panel proposals (up to 500 words) or individual paper abstracts (up to 250 words) by 30th October to Ph. D students should give their dissertation title, and the name and e-mail address of their supervisor.  The conference is held in collaboration the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of Cambridge University Library.

Confirmed Speakers include: Sheila Rowbotham, Jill Liddington and Elizabeth Crawford

Convenors: Prof Lucy Bland (, Dr Lucy Delap (  Dr Ben Griffin (, Prof Mary Joannou ( 


 Labour History Research Unit 

Deeds Not Words – Immersive Dramatic Event by Digital Drama

Join the Suffragette surgeons of WW1 on the Wards of the Endell Street  Military Hospital

Deeds Not Words is an immersive drama exploring the lives of the pioneering women who treated over 27,000 patients in the heart of Covent Garden during the First World War.

Location: Covent Garden, Swiss Church, 79 Endell Street, London WC2H 9DY

Dates: 7th and 8th July

Tickets are for timed performances. Please don’t bring big bags with you but do bring your ticket on paper or digitally.


Eventbrite charges of a maximum of £1.05 are added to each ticket price.

TIckets are selling fast so book now!

Anne Summers invites you to a lecture on the occasion of the launch of her new book:

Christian and Jewish Women in Britain, 1880-1940: Living with Difference (Palgrave Macmillan)

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The Time:
6.30pm on the 1st of June (Drinks to follow at 8pm)

The Place:
Wolfson, Lecture Theatre, LSE, New Academic Building, Kingsway


This exhibition has lots of items on display from the Women’s Library collection including one of the banners and Greenham Common material.



“Individual struggles of the ‘successful’-Williams, Morrison, Normanton and the rest of the 1922 cohort”

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.

Date: 29th June 2017,

Time: 10am

Location: The Waldegrave Drawing Room, St Mary’s University, Waldegrave  Road, Twickenham, TW1 4SX

Cost: Contributions of £10 are requested to cover refreshments and lunch.

To register:First Women Lawyers

Call for Papers

The ‘First Women Lawyers Symposia’ has now run successfully for two years and has drawn papers from England, Scotland, Estonia, Canada and Australia.  The third symposium will be held on Thursday 29th June 2017 at St. Mary’s University. The symposium is entitled:  “Individual struggles of the ‘successful’-Williams, Morrison, Normanton and the rest of the 1922 cohort”and will focus on those early individual struggles.  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.  Papers would be particularly appreciated on three individual barristers:

  • Lillian Maud Dawes
  • Naomi Constance Wallace
  • Elsie May Wheeler

As well as papers on any of the first cohort of women barristers and solicitors (either in Great Britain, the Empire or abroad – in order to place this struggle in context).  Skype participation is welcomed and possible.

Please submit abstract (max 300 words) by email with very short biography, no later than 12th May 2017 (please indicate if you intend to Skype). Presentations to last 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions.

Please contact Dr Judith Bourne for more information.

The purpose of the symposia is to produce a comprehensive history of women’s struggle to enter the legal profession within a publication of collected essays arising out of papers given throughout the symposia (this collection is under review with Routledge, and if you would like to contribute please email me). 2016 saw the publication of the symposia first output when we self-published the “First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire Record”.


Our next talk will be:  ‘The Sacred Year?’ Virginia Woolf called 1919 the ‘sacred year’ in her essay Three Guineas, after the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 opened professions to women. So why don’t feminists today remember 1919, and should we be celebrating it in 2019?

Find  out more  from  Dr Mari Takayanagi, Senior Archivist at the Houses of Parliament who will deliver the third talk in our 2017 series of talks.

Date: 12 April  2017

Time: 2. 30pm.

Please meet in the foyer at 2.15

Venue: Room 01 on the lower ground floor of LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street London WC2A 2HD

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 the Membership Secretary, 101 Corringham Road, London NW11 7DL

All are welcome, but booking is required as space is limited.

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.


London's women historians 13 March 2017

This event is now fully booked. However, the pop-up exhibition of women historians will be on display at the Institute of Historical Research from March 2017 through until the summer, so please do go along to take a look. Moreover, the conference will be videoed and audio recorded, and the footage will eventually be made available on the IHR website for all to see.



Old records recently found in the Women’s Pioneers’ safe read like a Who’s Who of the suffragist movement.  Accessible housing for women, set up after WW1 by Etheldred Browning was a success. Having a secure home helped to protect and support women in the workplace and enabled some to embark on professional careers hitherto the preserve of males.  The initial meetings will be held at Women’s Pioneer’s offices in White City and at the Women’s Library at Holborn.

There is a cracking story to tell – but help is needed to investigate it  

The Project: We need help

  • reading through archive material to draw up an accurate record of who did what and when. The material will be digitally scanned so this can be done on a computer at home.
  • researching individual women to find out more about their lives, specifically: their family background, their education/training, the work they did (paid or unpaid) up to and during the 1920s/30s.

You should apply if:

  • you are interested in the suffrage movement and/or a period of British history that spans the final years of the struggle for Irish independence, world war one and interwar politics.
  • you are comfortable using the internet and enjoy detective work, making discoveries and joining the dots in a complex puzzle
  • you have time to spare for our project during April, May and June
  • you can attend two meetings in April (dates to be decided)
  • you are willing to produce reports detailing what you found and where, including full details of your sources and who, if anyone, is to be credited for information and/or images.

Applications by Tuesday 28 February or earlier to:

Jo Walters 01689 854880. Or text 07713916620

Further details can be found on the more comprehensive Women’s Pioneer Housing flyer.

Questions are welcome:  Lisa Thompson 01732 750 433

or Dionne Antrobus 020 8749 7112






Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

Women in advertising: A series of events 8th March – 25th June 2017

The Museum of Brands is to look at the portrayal of Women in Advertising with a series of talks  and a specially commissioned film The Activities begin on the 8th March, International Women’s Day 2017,with the launch of the short film ’10 from 50’.

For more information about the events  Brands


The following talks in Parliament mark Women’s History Month in March 2017. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite. 

‘Caroline Norton: England’s First Feminist Law-maker’, by Dr Diane Atkinson

Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art – International Women’s Day lecture 2017 

Date: Tuesday 7 March 2017 at 6pm

Place:Attlee Suite, Portcullis House Caroline-Norton

‘Alice Bacon – Labour’s Forgotten Reformer’, a talk by Rachel Reeves MP
Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 6pm,

Venue: CPA room, off Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster Alice Bacon
‘Constance Markievicz: Feminist, Socialist and Revolutionary’, a talk by Professor Senia Paseta
Date:Tuesday 21 March 2017 at 6pm,

Venue: CPA room, off Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster Constance Markievicz

‘Sophia – suffragette princess’, a talk by Anita Anand
Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 6pm,

Venue: CPA room, off Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster Sophia

SAVE THE DATE: Conference on ‘A Century of Women MPs, 1918-2018′

Venue: London, 6-7 September 2018  Women MP


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:

Women, Peace and Transnational Activism: A century On Date:   31 March 2015  3pm Venue:The People’s Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of  London,  E1 4NS Speakers Include: Dame Barbara Stocking – Principal of Murray Edward College, Cambridge, former head of Oxfam Frances Guy – Christian Aid, former UN Women Rep. for Iraq and former British Ambassador to Yeman Baroness Berridge – Chair of All-Party Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Booking : The event comprises three parts. Guests are welcome to join just one or all three sessions. Session 1 (3.30pm – 4.45pm): Activism in Historical Perspective Session 2 (4.45pm – 6pm): Activism and Institutional Change Session 3 (6.30 – 8pm): Are Women’s Rights Human Rights? To Book a place: Eventbrite The centenary of the Women’s Peace Congress, which took place at The Hague in April 1915, offers a unique opportunity  to reflect on the past, present and future of women’s transnational organising and to ask how far feminist perspectives  have been mainstreamed  into international  debates about security, development  and human rights over the past century. The women from belligerent countries who gathered at The Hague whilst war waged across Europe developed a vision of gender-based solidarities which transcended national borders and in which  peace and women’s rights were intimately intertwined. The Congress led to the creation of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), which soon became one of the most distinctive voices within internationalist politics in the interwar period and a powerful strand within twentieth-century trajectories of feminist internationalism The event will take the 1915 Congress and the founding of the WILPF as a point of departure to explore critical questions about the relationship between  gender, activism  and international politics, drawing on a range of historical and contemporary  perspectives.       Vote 100 is the Parliamentary project to mark the following anniversaries in 2018:

  • 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time;
  • 100th anniversary of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918, allowing women to stand for election to the House of Commons;
  • 100th anniversary of all men and some women voting for the first time, in the general election of December 1918.
  • 90th anniversary of the Equal Franchise Act 1928, which gave women the right to vote at age 21 on the same terms as men;
  • 60th anniversary of the Life Peerages Act 1958, which allowed women to sit in the House of Lords;

The project comprises a four year programme of displays, exhibitions, conferences, talks and events starting in 2015, with the Women in Parliament exhibition and culminating with a major public exhibition in 2018 in Westminster Hall. If you would like to hear more about the project as it develops and possibly become involved please email us at <>  and we will add your details to our mailing list.   The Women Who Made Manchester  - An International Women’s Day Event Poetry and Prose by women in the First World War Venue: The National Archives Kew Date and Time: 10th March  2pm – 4pm Ruth Sillers who regularly reads for Radio 4 and the World Service will be talking about and performing extracts from her audio book compilation , War Girls. Ruth’s performance will be accompanied by an original document display and discussion with members of The National Archives’ records staff on hand to answer questions and queries. To book a place: Evenbrite Book a place for this event: Shoulder to Shoulder, the suffragette drama first screened in 1974 is now on you tube You can now watch all six episodes, which have not been screened since the 70s and are not available on DVD either.Shoulder to Shoulder