Josephine Baker: Flapper, war hero, civil rights activist

by Louise Quick Where to start with Josephine Baker? She was a glitzy 1920s star, a World War Two spy, and the only woman to speak during the March on Washington. Let’s begin where she did, with dancing! The performer Google ‘Josephine Baker’ and you’ll quickly find images of her wearing little more than a … Continue reading Josephine Baker: Flapper, war hero, civil rights activist

#HeForShe – Women at the cinema in 1950s Britain

by Sam Manning The 1950s was a period of decline for cinema as UK admissions fell from 1.4 billion in 1950 to under 500 million by the start of the 1960s. Cinemas were still important social spaces, but greater television ownership, improved housing conditions and new forms of youth culture are just some of the … Continue reading #HeForShe – Women at the cinema in 1950s Britain

Verity Lambert – the founding producer of Doctor Who

by Louise Bell I am a big Doctor Who fan – have been ever since it returned in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the role and my Dad suggested that I watch it. I’ll admit at this point that I’ve never watched an episode produced earlier than this though…. and it’s obviously been exciting to … Continue reading Verity Lambert – the founding producer of Doctor Who

Sarah Bernhardt: The ‘Divine Eccentric’

by Aoife Sutton Iconic, eccentric, and eventually ‘divine’ - Sarah Bernhardt was a woman that went down in history. Rising from humble beginnings to international stardom, Sarah is thought to have been the illegitimate daughter of a courtesan called Judith Bernard. As a woman of Dutch Jewish origin, Sarah faced antisemitism in her professional and … Continue reading Sarah Bernhardt: The ‘Divine Eccentric’

Mabel Normand: The Queen of Comedy

by Maria Ogborn Silent film actress Mabel Normand was a woman of many firsts. The first woman to own her own studio and have her name in a film’s title; the first person to throw a custard-pie on screen; and  one of the first Hollywood stars to not have a theatre or vaudeville background. In … Continue reading Mabel Normand: The Queen of Comedy

A Woman’s Guide to Sex and Dating in the Weimar Berlin

by Annabel Fielding The Golden Twenties, as the German tradition dubs the Roaring Twenties, have precipitated many changes in the lives of German women. We all know the international figure of a flapper, immortalized by authors both classic and modern, from Scott Fitzgerald to Kerry Greenwood. However, many tendencies of the decade have improved the … Continue reading A Woman’s Guide to Sex and Dating in the Weimar Berlin

The Flapper Election

by Becky Laxton-Bass It has been just over two years since the celebrations of Vote 100 – a year of events, talks and the unveiling of new statues; celebrating the centenary of the Act of Parliament that granted the first women the right to vote. The Representation of the People Act was given royal assent … Continue reading The Flapper Election

The Disabled Suffragette

by Olivia Smith Rosa May Billinghurst was branded the “cripple suffragette” by the press and her peers after a bout of childhood polio left her unable to walk. Known as ‘May’, she wore leg-irons and used either crutches or a modified tricycle.  Her visibility attracted a lot of attention to the movement, and unlike many … Continue reading The Disabled Suffragette

We All Get Bad Days – the productive life of Valerie Storie

by Dr Nina Baker Did you have a close call today when a truck nearly caused an accident on the motorway? Or perhaps you are a female driver, and a male driver overtook you, putting you in a riskier position on the road, so perhaps you think male drivers should pay higher insurance premiums? Did … Continue reading We All Get Bad Days – the productive life of Valerie Storie