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

Waging War On Women: How the United States Army used Gendered Fear to Defeat the South

by Sylvia Broeckx Whilst travelling through the United States during the Civil War, British journalist George Augustus Sala questioned ‘whether either ancient or modern history can furnish an example of a conflict which was so much of a "Woman's war" as this.’ Sala’s comments referred to the passion with which women on both sides of … Continue reading Waging War On Women: How the United States Army used Gendered Fear to Defeat the South

So Long as Grass Grows and Water Runs – The Conley Sisters

By DM Testa How far would you go to stop the graves of your family, including your mother, from being disturbed?  When Kansas City officials decided the weathered tombstones of a Native American burial ground had to go, Eliza (Lyda), Ida, and Helena (Lena) Conley vowed to protect the two-acre plot where their forebearers were … Continue reading So Long as Grass Grows and Water Runs – The Conley Sisters

“The First Lady of the Struggle”: The Remarkable Mary McLeod Bethune 

By Holley Snaith “A woman is free if she lives by her own standards and creates her own destiny, if she prizes her individuality and puts no boundaries on her hopes for tomorrow.” Mary McLeod Bethune  In the early 1880s, a young African American girl would often accompany her mother, a former enslaved person, to … Continue reading “The First Lady of the Struggle”: The Remarkable Mary McLeod Bethune 

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

Finding Medieval Women – Incidental Histories

By Mara Schmueckle On 23 January 1522 Robert Lindsey and Janet Ross were married in her father’s chapel.  The rituals and formalities in which they engaged in advance of their wedding were recorded in unusual detail by the notary Gavin Ross.  He recorded formal declarations that the banns for their marriage had been declared as … Continue reading Finding Medieval Women – Incidental Histories

Her-Story: Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler

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. Sophie Thérèse Ambler … Continue reading Her-Story: Dr Sophie Thérèse Ambler