War, Weddings, and the Limits of Progress

The recent death of the “real” Rosie the Riveter has brought a well-established narrative about women’s war work back to the fore. Women like “Rosie”, so the story goes, entered the man’s world of manual labour, discarding femininity in the name of the war effort and forever changing the place of women in industrial societies.... Continue Reading →


Fake News and Fertility Fears: Looking at Medieval Kings and Queens

The medieval queen-consort was uniquely close to the king, both personally and through social status, but she was also bound by similar expectations and limits as any medieval wife. Many studies from the last thirty years argue that motherhood was the key element in a queen’s path to exercising social and political influence. She needed... Continue Reading →

February Newsletter

  Call for Papers (in order of abstract deadline)   'Man of the House': Masculinity and Domesticity from 1800 Until the Present Day Conference Deadline: 5 February 2018 When & where: 22 June 2018, University of St Andrews More information   Gender, Media and the Middle East Deadline: 5 March 2018 When & where: 21... Continue Reading →

2017 In Black & White

With 2017 tucked away and the end of my first PhD year fast approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about the books I’ve read that have shaped my perspective not only for my research, but also on my personal views regarding feminism. Alongside my research, I set a personal challenge for myself to read things... Continue Reading →

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