Monthly Archives: April 2008

Blue-Stocking Recommends

By The Bluestocking Team Below are some recently released books and articles and some upcoming events, lectures, talks and exhibitions that may be of interest to Blue-Stocking readers. We’d love any suggestions for additional items you think are relevant. Simply … Continue reading

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From the Editors of Issue 3

By Bluestocking Editors Rebecca Gregory, General Editor There is a real buzz about the term ‘Bluestocking’ at the moment. Not only have we as a journal grown in dynamism and scope, with new articles, events, design and patronage; but the … Continue reading

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Bluestocking Presents: Elisabeth Gray

By Yasmin Haji-Hassan Sitting in Starbucks armed with coffee and a pen, I await the arrival of Elisabeth Gray, a woman of immense talent. An actress, a playwright, a graduate from Oxford University and all this at the age 24. … Continue reading

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From Private to Public: The Musical Lives of Fanny Hensel and Clara Schumann

By Marissa Pueschel Two of the most outstanding female composers of the nineteenth century were Felix Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny Hensel and Robert Schumann’s wife Clara. While their talents were respected by their male relatives, the two women responded to the … Continue reading

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Mary Fairfax Somerville: Queen of Nineteenth Century Science

By Lamorna Newcombe Fifteen year old Mary Fairfax was one day shown an intriguing problem in a ladies’ fashion magazine at an Edinburgh tea-party. However, she was more fascinated by the code that the answer was presented in than the … Continue reading

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A ‘Heroine of History’: Margaret Sanger, revolutionary birth control activist

By Jos Gibbons Margaret Higgins Sanger (1879 – 1966) was a major contributor to women’s reproductive rights in the twentieth-century America. Her devout Catholic mother died of tuberculosis and cervical cancer after eighteen pregnancies, resulting in eleven live births, of … Continue reading

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Lise Meitner : The Nucleus of Fission

By Nicola Davies ‘In terms of 19th century stereotypes or rhetorical idealizations, a woman scientist was a contradiction in terms… Women scientists were thus caught between two almost mutually exclusive stereotypes: as scientists, they were atypical women; as women they … Continue reading

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Virginia Woolf and the search for A Room of One’s Own

By Joanna Kieschnick Virginia Woolf is celebrated for her innovative modernist novels, particularly Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and The Waves. However, her essays are often overlooked. As a woman writer, Woolf was passionate about proving that women were just … Continue reading

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Wholly Guilty and Wholly Innocent: Heloise, Sin and Intention

By Diana Jeske   During her lifetime and beyond, Heloise captured hearts. Her intellectual brilliance in life attracted the love of the most famous philosopher of the day, Peter Abelard, and the passion revealed in her later letters to him … Continue reading

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Grace Hopper: Pioneer of programming and ‘Man of the Year’

By Maike Kaufman In 1969 the US Data Processing Management Association awarded its first annual ‘Man of the Year’ Award for outstanding contributions to the information processing industry. That year’s chosen recipient, although a pioneer in the area of computing, … Continue reading

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