Herstory on Film

Each month, the Herstory Club will be curating 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 … Continue reading Herstory on Film

The Fastest Girl in the World

by Rachel Harris-Gardiner Dorothy Levitt was an Edwardian motor racing star. She drove fast, died too early, and was also probably born at least a century too early. Between 1903 and 1908, she competed in races, trials and hillclimbs in the UK and Europe, as well as publishing a popular motoring guide for women: The … Continue reading The Fastest Girl in the World

Women playing Rugby?! The Success Story of Newport, 1917

by Lydia Furse Traditionally, rugby union is considered a man’s sport. Yet women’s rugby has been one of the fastest growing sports over the past 25 years, and World Rugby estimates 2.7 million women and girls are playing globally. While women’s rugby as we know it today emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s, … Continue reading Women playing Rugby?! The Success Story of Newport, 1917

#HeForShe – Women & Disability Sport

by Tom Weir I’ll start with a quick question. In 30 seconds, name as many British Paralympians as you can: Let me guess what you might have come up with (in no particular order)… Dame Tanni Grey-Thomson,Jonny Peacock Hannah Cockcroft David WeirEllie Simmondsthe table tennis guy from Strictly Come Dancing? (Will Bailey)Dame Sarah Storeyand to … Continue reading #HeForShe – Women & Disability Sport

How Lily Parr Became England’s Unknown Footballing Legend

by Louise Quick ‘Let’s talk about football’ is a phrase I never thought I’d start a blog with. As someone who can count the number of football games I’ve watched on one hand I’m hardly a footie fan, but I am a fan of women’s history and that’s exactly why we need to talk about … Continue reading How Lily Parr Became England’s Unknown Footballing Legend

Is the time really right for Women’s Football?

By Trinity Handley In April 2017 Notts County Ladies FC folded two days before their first match in the Women’s Super League. The owner Alan Hardy said “I am devastated that we cannot continue the Ladies project but the numbers simply do not stack up.” ‘Project’ is the operative word here – a top flight … Continue reading Is the time really right for Women’s Football?

The History of Women’s Endurance Running

by Louise Provan In 1928, the first women’s Olympic distance race was held. It was over 800m and it was the first time that women had been allowed to compete in an event longer than 100m since women had first been able to participate in the Olympic Games in 1900. The press had a field … Continue reading The History of Women’s Endurance Running

Sporting Fun: Italian Women, Cartoons, and Sport in the 1920s

by Sabrina Pennetta Sports and Italy. They go together. They have for years. Now re-read the first sentence. Did you picture men or women? Italian sports history, and even modern-day media coverage, focusses to a large extent on men. However, in a not so distant past, Italian women were also making headlines, both good and … Continue reading Sporting Fun: Italian Women, Cartoons, and Sport in the 1920s

Vulcana: The Victorian Wonder Woman by Claire Miles

In the 21st Century, female bodybuilders and weightlifters are commonplace, but back in 19th Century Britain, these female athletes were unique and unusual. People flocked to music halls and theatres to witness their jaw-dropping feats of strength. But there was one wonder woman who stood out amongst them all - Kate Williams aka Vulcana. Miriam … Continue reading Vulcana: The Victorian Wonder Woman by Claire Miles