Issue Three

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 email with the details. PUBLICATIONS: Constance Briscoe, ‘Beyond Ugly’ (Hodder and Stoughton, 2008). The … Continue reading

19th century / Arts / Issue Three

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 challenges of breaking into the male-dominated world of music in different ways. While Hensel found … Continue reading

20th century / Humanities / Issue Three

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 which Margaret was the sixth. She enrolled in a nursing program after her mother’s death. … Continue reading

20th century / Issue Three / Science

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 were unusual scientists.’ Lise Meitner’s name is to many an unfamiliar one, occasionally found somewhere … Continue reading