The Angel of Gettysburg: Elizabeth Thorn

by Laura Klotz The sun was hot in Gettysburg in July of 1863. After three days of bloody carnage, the remaining Confederate forces fled the battlefield, the Union retreated to tend their wounded, and hundreds of dead bodies lay scattered throughout the small community. With the Battle of Gettysburg over, it fell to the residents … Continue reading The Angel of Gettysburg: Elizabeth Thorn

Florence Higinbotham (1870-1949): An Ignored Narrative 

by Rosie Wright Far too often, I have found that historic house tours place too much emphasis on the male characters in their historical narrative. What I find perhaps most fascinating about this - especially with my experience of studying and working in historic houses - is that typically, the female stories relate more closely … Continue reading Florence Higinbotham (1870-1949): An Ignored Narrative 

An Egyptian Love Story

by Khadija Tauseef When one thinks of love, an Egyptian couple comes to mind, one of the most controversial couples in history. The heretic pharaoh, Akhenaten, and his beautiful queen, Nefertiti. Theirs is a story filled with revolution and rebirth, as Akhenaten began a new chapter in Egyptian history, leading a revolution that shook the … Continue reading An Egyptian Love Story

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

Agatha Christie

by Khadija Tauseef  “Very few of us are what we seem.”  Nowhere is this truer than with the case of Dame Agatha Christie, contrary to her public persona, she was a very private person. Her career spanned over fifty years, was a continuous rollercoaster ride. Earning the title of “Queen of Crime”, producing over 80 … Continue reading Agatha Christie

The Literary Women Who Were Left Out 

by Laura Granda-Mateu The more women writers I encounter, the more I am amazed at how much I still have to discover, to enjoy, to share, to bow down to. Contemporary writers, classics, in their original language, translated, hyper-famous, unknown, forgotten, revered, underestimated. I want them all.  The more I ‘discover’ them, the more I … Continue reading The Literary Women Who Were Left Out 

Women’s history and asylum literature

by Anne Goodwin There’s a lively literature on life in the Victorian asylums which warehoused society’s misfits from the beginning of the nineteenth century. From my reading of this literature, combined with what I learnt as a clinical psychologist in a long-stay psychiatric hospital, I explore the facts behind the fiction, and ask whether women … Continue reading Women’s history and asylum literature

A Literary Voice for the Unheard: The Inspiring Life of Pearl S. Buck

by Holley Snaith “The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.”  Pearl S. Buck In addition to being the first female writer to win a Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize in Literature, Pearl S. Buck was an advocate for civil rights, women’s rights, and a champion for mixed-race … Continue reading A Literary Voice for the Unheard: The Inspiring Life of Pearl S. Buck

Masculinity, Myths and Morale: The Wipers Times

By Karla Thomson “Paper was there, ink in plenty, everything in fact except ‘copy.’ As none of us were writing men, we wrote down any old thing that came into our heads.” Fred Roberts, The Wipers Times, (1916) If I was to ask you to describe The Wipers Times, the likelihood is it will evoke … Continue reading Masculinity, Myths and Morale: The Wipers Times

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