18th century / 19th century / 20th century / Issue Nine / Science

Scientific Women: Finding ‘a way in’ through the centuries

By Professor Ruth Watts. Science, a vast field of knowledge so important in the modern world, has traditionally been perceived as ‘masculine’, and women have generally been excluded or pushed to the periphery. Modern studies have explored the reasons for this and have found many examples of women who managed to break through the barriers. … Continue reading

19th century / 20th century / Interviews / Issue Nine

Recovering Lost Voices: An Interview with Professor Jane Martin

  Click here to read the extended version of this interview.     On behalf of Bluestocking, Ali Nihat interviewed Professor Jane Martin, of the Institute of Education in London, whose work focuses on the relation between education and politics. Professor Martin spoke to us about her recently published work Making Socialists: Mary Bridges Adams … Continue reading

19th century / Arts / Issue Nine

Rosetti’s Other Woman: The silent contribution of models and muses

By Rebekah Lee. The concluding decades of the Nineteenth century marked a series of major developments for the growing political voice of English women. Events such as the female-led Campaign Against the Contagious Diseases Acts and the establishment of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage in 1897 provided ample evidence to suggest the emergence of … Continue reading

Arts / Classical/ Ancient / Issue Nine

No Sex, Please, We’re Hellenic: Female Solidarity in the Lysistrata

By Chris Noon.   The Greek world in the last quarter of the fifth century BC was dominated by the Peloponnesian War (431-404), waged between Athens and Sparta, arguably the two most powerful city-states of the day. The literary sources documenting the war are, perhaps unsurprisingly, entirely androcentric. Women are all but absent from Thucydides’ … Continue reading

18th century / Arts / Issue Nine

Public and Private, Real and Fictional: The Rise of Women’s Letter-Writing in the Eighteenth Century

By Tess Somervell. During the eighteenth century, thanks to the establishment of the post office in 1660, a rise in literacy, and an ascendant ‘middle class’, letter-writing became an increasingly common pastime for men and women. The letter became a form both of private communication and of public expression, in which women were expected not … Continue reading