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 – October
by Flaminia Luck Alice Allison Dunnigan is another forgotten heroine of the American civil rights movement, who went from poverty and obscurity right to the very steps of power. A pioneer in the world of journalism, Dunnigan is the first African American woman to do a number of remarkable things that broke down barriers for … Continue reading Alice Allison Dunnigan
by Luke Pepera In about 600 BC, the Egyptian pharaoh Psammeticus II destroyed the Kushite capital Napata, and drove the Kushites south where they established a new capital at Meroë (in modern-day Sudan). Blessed with heavy rains and located at an enviable position between the societies of the African coast, African interior, Egypt, and the … Continue reading #HeForShe – How Women Came to Rule the Kingdom of Kush
by Charlotte MacKenzie The presence of women of African descent in eighteenth century Cornwall has been overlooked. Attention has rightly focused first on African narratives including Olaudah Equiano’s arrival at Falmouth in 1755. Outline biographies including occupations and family relationships can be reconstructed for some women of African descent. Cornwall was a centre of transatlantic … Continue reading Untold Women’s Histories – the African diaspora in Cornwall
“Behind every great man there’s a great woman”. What a bullshit quote. In a supportive relationship a man and woman can complement each other really well, but a woman isn’t great just because a man is. No more should we be seeing women in history as the feature of a notable man.
by Charlotte MacKenzie In eighteenth century Cornwall most women worked - including some who were independent traders. Some women organised to help each other financially by forming local friendly societies. By 1801 bookshops in eight Cornish towns were Lane’s circulating libraries with popular titles marketed to women readers. There were also local ladies’ book clubs. … Continue reading Elizabeth Elliot – The First Woman Printer in Cornwall
by Flaminia Luck Ida B. Wells is one of the heroines within the Civil Rights Movement who deserves a lot more praise and recognition. Like many of the trailblazing icons of movements that challenged authority, Ida B. Wells was ahead of her time. Ida B. Wells Wells was born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, … Continue reading The Life and Achievements of Ida B. Wells
by Carla-Jean Stokes In early 2019, I planned to post a Twitter thread on photographs of Black soldiers in the Canadian official First World War collection. I don’t really remember what I expected to find, but the search was a fairly quick one—I could only find two photographs described as having Black sitters. Months later, … Continue reading Representations of Black Service Members in Canada’s Official First World War Photography Collection