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The 1939 Municipal Rent strikes in England. When women held their communities together, by Fiona Lane
3/27/2024 12:00 PM

‘The idea of living in a neighbourhood…appears virtually to have no connection with any responsibility for its good government in the mind of the average housewife.’[1] The theme of ‘inspire inclusion’ for Women’s History Month is a welcome opportunity to reassess the portrayal of inter-war working-class women who moved to the suburbs.  According to many […]

May Hobbs: Organising the Nightcleaners, by Amy Longmuir
3/14/2024 12:00 PM

May Hobbs was born in Hoxton, East London in 1938. Like many other working class women, by the 1960s she found work as a nightcleaner in the ever-increasing number of high-rise office blocks in central London. Much of this work was organised through contractors, the offices outsourcing their cleaning requirements to the cheapest company who […]

#IWD: Female Comradery, Politics and Belonging, by Abbie Tibbott
3/8/2024 12:00 PM

The theme for International Women’s Day this month is ‘Inspire Inclusion’, and it got me thinking a little bit about how important collaboration is to getting things done, and what evidence I have seen of this during my own research. A significant aspect of this would have to be the first female MPs who won […]

Women’s History Month 2024: A Student Spotlight on British Class and Gender
3/1/2024 12:00 PM

During the spring term, students taking Dr Jacqui Turner’s module, “Rebel Girls” were tasked with making their own digital, or physical, scrapbooks. They were required to select a woman who they viewed as a rebel girl, and compile their research and justifications into an informative and creative piece of work. For this year’s Women’s History […]


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