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Here’s the  Talks programme for the first half of next year

Wednesday 15 January, Tara Finn, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: ‘A necessary evil?’ Prostitution and the armed services in the records of the Association of Moral and Social Hygiene 1915-1945.
 
Wednesday 12 February, Susan Pares, ‘An Ordinary Feminist Life’: Margaret Pares 1878-1963’.
 
Wednesday 18 March,  a late International Women’s Day special – Versailles 1919: the return of the Dangerous Women, Produced by Charlotte Bill and the Clapham Film Unit (and starring Dr Jane Grant as Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence!)  It will be introduced by Dr Alison Ronan.
 
Wednesday 29 April, Jennifer Gordon, ‘Suffragettes of Kent: suffrage ’spade work’ in the Garden of England’.
 
Wednesday 27 May, Professor Mary Joannou, ‘The Life and Times of Clara Dorothea Rackham (1875-1966): Suffragist, Socialist and Social Reformer

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

A Century of Women in Parliament

Speakers –               Jess Phillips Elected as MP  for Birmingham Yardley

                                  in 2015 and 2017

Helen Grant –            Elected as MP for Maidstone and The Weald in 2010 

                                   2015,

 Layla Moran –           Elected as MP for Oxford West and Abingdon in

                                   2017

Francis Scott –           Founder of 50:50 Parliament

Anoosh  Chakelian    Britain Editor New Statesman 

(Chair)

This December, we mark 100 years since Lady Astor took her seat in the House of Commons, becoming the first woman to do so. She was elected MP for Plymouth in November 1919 and served until 1945.

Since then, Westminster has seen the advent of universal suffrage, precisely one female speaker, and two women serving at Prime Minister.

Join us as our panel discusses progress towards gender equality in politics over the last century, and the obstacles women still face. As women MPs continue to face disproportionate levels of abuse, and the toxicity of today’s political climate dissuades many from standing again, we discuss how far is left to go.

Wednesday 18thDecember 2019

19:00 -21:00

 Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL

£10 for New Statesman Subscribers  – £13 for non – subs 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-century-of-women-in-parliament-tickets-80097669285

 Subjects and objects of government: women from the 19 the to the 21st century; the afternoon talks programme of the Friends of The Women’s Library at LSE, Autumn 2019 – Spring 2020

Wednesday 18 September, Billie Fletcher, York University, The Six and a Half Project: an archive zine project designed to give new life to old images and inspire a more artistic generation of Women’s History enthusiasts.

Thursday [please note the day!] 10 October, Dr Arianne Chernock, Boston University: The Right to Rule and the Rights of Women: Queen Victoria and the Women’s Movement

Wednesday 27 November,Dr Alison Ronan, Visiting Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘The Women Who Said Yes’:the 17 women parliamentary candidates of the 1918 General Election.

Wednesday 15 January,Tara Finn, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: ‘A necessary evil?’Prostitution and the armed services in the records of the Association of Moral and Social Hygiene 1915-1945.

Wednesday 12 February, Susan Pares,‘An Ordinary Feminist Life’: Margaret Pares 1878-1963’.

Wednesday 18 March,a late International Women’s Day special – Versailles 1919: the return of the Dangerous Women, Produced by Charlotte Bill and the Clapham Film Unit(and starring Dr Jane Grant as Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence!) It will be introduced by Dr Alison Ronan.

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

 

 

Women’s Pioneer Housing

LMA is pleased to report that the archive of Women’s Pioneer Housing (WPH) was deposited at LMA on 25 July 2019. WPH was founded in 1920 by Etheldred Browning. Many women who had lost their husbands in the First World War needed to work to support themselves, but landlords would not rent accommodation to single working women. Meanwhile the loss of domestic servants following the war meant that many large houses in London became vacant and cheap. Etheldred Browning took advantage of this and using money from wealthy benefactors, many of whom were connected with the women’s suffrage movement, she bought some of these houses to convert to low-rent homes for newly-independent working women. In 1924 Gertrude Leverkus, one of the first women to qualify as a professional architect in the UK, joined the society to work on the conversion of the houses into flats. WPH remains dedicated to providing homes for single women in London, owning almost 1000 properties in west and north-west London today.

WPH have received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to work in partnership with LMA to catalogue and digitise their archive which includes plans, deeds and files for all the properties owned by the society, and files on individual residents, 1940s-90s. It will produce a film and oral histories of staff and residents and research the connection between WPH, the suffrage movement and the emerging role of women in the workplace between the First and Second World Wars. Further details of the history and work of WPH, including a short film, can be found on their website.