Princess Margaret

by Jessica Storoschuk Princess Margaret is very often dismissed by historians, biographers, and royal watchers everywhere. Unfortunately, people see the more dramatic aspects of her personal life and write off everything to do with her. However, this is problematic for a few reasons. Firstly, it is not the historian’s role to make personal judgements about … Continue reading Princess Margaret

Aloha Oe, Hawaii’s Queen

by Laura Klotz Hawaii (to use the common modern spelling) was the 50th territory to be given statehood in the United States. There is no one now living who remembers it as an independent sovereign nation. But a little over a hundred years ago, that’s exactly what it was, and its first queen regnant was … Continue reading Aloha Oe, Hawaii’s Queen

The Netherlands’ Most Stalwart Servant: The Life and Reign of Queen Wilhelmina

by Holley Snaith The official inaugural portrait of the eighteen-year-old Queen Wilhelmina, 1898.Source: Royal Palace Amsterdam “I consider it a great privilege that Mine’s life’s task and duty is to devote all My powers to the welfare and flourishing of My dear Fatherland. The words of My Beloved Father I make Mine: “Orange can never, … Continue reading The Netherlands’ Most Stalwart Servant: The Life and Reign of Queen Wilhelmina

Herstory on Film

Each month, the Herstory Club curates a selection of films that complement our monthly theme. This collection will be female-focused – both in front of the camera and ideally behind too – and range from fiction to biopics of real women in history. The films we’ll be recommending aim to both entertain and educate, showcasing … Continue reading Herstory on Film

Her-Story: Kate Vigurs

Each month, Herstory Club feature an interview with a woman currently working in History. We are aiming to share the experiences women face in the industry (the good and the bad!) and to shine a light on the incredible work currently being undertaken by women across a wide range of specialist disciplines. Kate Vigurs Herstory … Continue reading Her-Story: Kate Vigurs

Friend To the Small and Lowly: Helen Kinau Wilder 

By DM Testa As the nineteenth century drew to a close, a three-year veteran of the Hawaiian police force was making headlines. Sporting a silver badge on her soft felt hat, the officer had been granted the right to arrest while enforcing animal cruelty laws. Some found her eccentric, others charming, but all agreed: “Miss … Continue reading Friend To the Small and Lowly: Helen Kinau Wilder 

Eileen Collins: The First Female Spaceflight Commander

by Jenny Rowan Since the start of the Space Race in 1957, almost 600 people have been to space to date. Of those, only 67 have been women. Only five have been their mission’s commander. The first to be assigned to that coveted crew position was Eileen Collins, an Air Force test pilot who also … Continue reading Eileen Collins: The First Female Spaceflight Commander

The First First Lady

by Laura Klotz It’s well understood that the First Lady of the United States is, at least usually, the wife of the President. The role is a little undefined, but she’s the social center of the White House and a great supporter of the President. The origins of the title, however, are less well known. … Continue reading The First First Lady

Dr Martha Hughes Cannon – The First Female State Senator

by Claire Miles Well known in the US for being their first female state senator, Dr Martha Hughes Cannon was a remarkable and pioneering women in many ways, and is one of the many women from history whose name deserves to be better known. Pioneer Martha – or Mattie as she was more usually known … Continue reading Dr Martha Hughes Cannon – The First Female State Senator

She Merchants: Elizabeth Murray

by Alycia Asai Think of the history makers in business. Who comes to mind? Magnates such as Rockefeller and Ford? Now think of women business owners and leaders. Name anyone? If you found yourself stuck, you are not alone. Most would be hard-pressed to name a woman known for her role in developing a business. … Continue reading She Merchants: Elizabeth Murray