February 2016

Bluestocking’s 2016 team is now complete! Welcome to Sophie Dowle, Stephanie Pope and Ellen Murray, our new Humanities, Arts and Science Editors, and Millie Clark, Head of Publicity.

We’re ready and waiting for new articles – please contact with any proposals or queries.


January 2016

**Recruiting update**

The roles of Humanities Editor, Arts Editor, and Head of Publicity have now been filled, but we are still looking for a Science Editor. If you are interested, please contact Emily at, detailing why you are interested and what you would bring to the position. 



The new General Editor is Emily Oldham (Lincoln), and applications for Sub-Editors and Head of Publicity are now open.

Positions available: Arts Editor, Humanities Editor, Science Editor, Head of Publicity.

The Sub-Editors will liaise with the General Editor to commission and proof-read articles within their subject. An interest and background knowledge of the subject would be useful. No prior experience of editing necessary. Articles are now accepted on a rolling basis so the position is somewhat open-ended.

The Head of Publicity is responsible for maintaining the magazine’s online and social media presence, and will work with the General Editor to organise Bluestocking’s 2016 event.

If you think you have what it takes to fill one of these roles, please contact Emily at, detailing why you are interested and what you would bring to the position. 

(Note: positions are open to all Oxford-based students. Anyone is welcome to apply but priority will be given to those who identify as female or non-binary.)


To engage in discussions on the contemporary routes and implications of feminism in discourse and practice, be sure to attend the following course run The Knowledge Project, taking place in May-June 2015: kp

The Knowledge Project presents: ‘What is Feminism?’ A unique and thoroughly contemporary course on what it means to be a feminist in today’s world.
Developed by the talented Monique Ma-Velous of Sydney University (Gender Studies) and University of Oxford, this course covers the roots of feminism, as well as the deep set issues of contemporary discourse surrounding gender, equality and intersectionality. All proceeds are donated to children’s charity Jacari.

What is Feminism? Tuesdays 6.30-8pm, 12th May – 30th June 2015. Feminist

November 2014 Bluestocking Launch: Balloon Debate.

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2014/15 Launch. We are particularly grateful for the participation of our speakers in the Balloon Debate and for their fascinating talks. Dr. Nicole Pohl’s introductory talk on the Bluestocking circle was a great way to commence the evening, drawing attention to the issues embedded in the name of the group. We were also able to distribute copies of our patron’s publication – the Persephone Biannually – which promotes the work of some women writers who have not been given sufficient praise or attention.

We hope you all enjoyed the evening that really did launch some thought-provoking discussion.

Details of  the distinguished speakers and their research interests can be found below.

dr maria jaschok

Dr Maria Jaschock speaking on Du Shuzhen Lao Ahong and her personal experiences with this extraordinary figure.

Bluestocking biscuits and the Persephone Biannually

Bluestocking biscuits and the Persephone Biannually

Our panel of speakers during Dr Nicole Pohl's fascinating talk on the Bluestockings

Our panel of speakers during Dr Nicole Pohl’s hugely insightful talk on the Bluestockings

Lyndsey Jenkins delivering her 'defence' of Lady Constance Lytton and her commitment to women's suffrage

Lyndsey Jenkins delivering her ‘defence’ of Lady Constance Lytton and her commitment to women’s suffrage

The panel in the Oscar Wilde Room. Appropriately, Wilde dedicated his 'Lady Windemere's Fan' to Lady Constance Lytton's father!

The panel in the Oscar Wilde Room. Appropriately, Wilde dedicated his ‘Lady Windemere’s Fan’ to Lady Constance Lytton’s father!











Dr. Nicole Pohl: Dr Nicole Pohl teaches at Oxford Brookes University. Her research interests are twofold: eighteenth –century women writing and epistolary networks across Europe and utopianism. She recently published The Letters of Sarah Robinson Scott (Pickering and Chatto). In June of this year she featured on the In Our Time episode on the Bluestockings where, amongst other things, the group’s epistolary exchanges were discussed and considered in light of the cultural milieu in which they circulated. Pohl is also the General Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Utopian Studies.

Dr. Sophie Ratcliffe: Now a tutor at Lady Margaret Hall, Dr. Sophie Ratcliffe teaches nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century literature. Prior to this, she studied English at Cambridge and went on to hold the position of British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Keble. Her main field of study is the nineteenth century and she is currently writing about ideas of attention and reading the period. She also reviews contemporary fiction for the national press. In 2008 she published her first book entitled On Sympathy (Clarendon Press). Her 2011 edition of the letters of P. G. Wodehouse was dedicated to ‘All Wodehouse’s heroines, imaginary and real’.

Professor Christine Gerrard: This term, Professor Gerrard has been carrying out a course on Women’s Poetry 1700-1830 and recently returned from the Dublin Swift Symposium where she delivered a paper on the Irish poet Mary Barber. She will shortly be participating in a Wikithon panel aimed at developing the Wikipedia entries on women writers. Gerrard has written extensively on the eighteenth century and is also the founding editor of the magazine for AS- and A2-Level English, The English Review.

Dr. Maria Jaschok: Dr. Maria Jaschok: Having written extensively on gender, feminist ethnographic practise and marginality in contemporary China, Dr. Maria Jaschok has a particular interest in women’s secular and religious identities in East Asian contexts. Jaschok is a member of a number of academic committees such as the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen, the Centre of Translation Studies, China Women’s University, Beijing and the ‘China in Comparative Perspective Network’, LSE, London. She is also a co-founder of the Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network and is affiliated to the Oxford Contemporary China Studies Programme.  Her current research is focused on Islamic soundscapes in the history of Chinese Hui Muslim women’s mosques. With roles including the Director of the International Gender Studies Centre, Dr. Maria Jaschok is currently a Research Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. She co-authored (with Shui Jingjun) the first studies of Islamic female-led religious traditions in China: The History of Women’s Mosques in Chinese Islam (English language 2000/Chinese language 2002, Curzon/Routledge UK/Sanlian Harvard-Yenching Academic Library series China) and its sequel, Women, Religion and Space in China. Islamic Mosques & Daoist Temples, Catholic Convents & Chinese Virgins (2011, Routledge, New York).

Dr. Daniel Starza Smith: Dr. Daniel Starza Smith’s primary area of interest is women patrons of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature. He is carrying out his research at Lincoln where he is the British Academy post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of English, and Oakeshott JRF. His work often focuses on manuscripts and archive work, with his most recent publication being John Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth Century (OUP, 2014).

Lyndsey Jenkins: Currently conducting research at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, Lyndsey Jenkins is pursuing her interest in the women’s movement of the early twentieth century. Her biography of Lady Constance Lytton will be released this spring and explores the life of a forgotten suffragette who witnessed Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst on trial and devoted her life to women’s suffrage -giving up everything and eventually becoming a martyr to the cause. Jenkins’ next biography will look at the seven Kenney sisters and how they shaped and were shaped by the struggle for the vote.




Would you like to write for Bluestocking? Then please send a short proposal for an article, no more than 150 words, to the editor as soon as possible (by the end of October 2013):

Final submissions would be around 1000 words and must focus on the contributions of an individual female figure throughout history. For detailed information on the journal and type of submissions we’re looking for, please visit our archives or email the editor at the above address.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Congratulations to the new sub-editorial team at Bluestocking!

We welcome Amaris Lee (Trinity) as Publicity Officer, Ella St George Carey (Pembroke) as Arts and Literature Editor and Riana Patel (Magdalen) as Humanities Editor.


New Editor, New Team!

The new editor of Bluestocking is now Claire Rodwell (St Anne’s) and applications to be sub-editors of the twelfth edition of Bluestocking are now open:

POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Arts Editor, Humanities Editor, Science Editor and Publicity Officer.

CLOSING DATE: Midnight on Sunday, 26th May (end of 5th week).

SUB-EDITOR: Sub-editors are responsible for liaising with the Editor, acquiring articles relevant to their section and proof-reading and copy-editing these contributions. A background knowledge of the section area would be beneficial, as would any editorial experience. Applications welcome from all students based in Oxford. Most of the work would be over the summer but the role would last until end of Michaelmas 2013.

PUBLICITY OFFICER: Publicity officers are responsible for maintaining Bluestocking’s online presence, running social media platforms and organising launch events for the new issue.

If you think you have what it takes to fulfil either one of these positions, please contact the Editor with your CV and a paragraph detailing what you could bring to the role at:


Another fascinating Bluestocking email discussion between two opinionated readers, this time on the topic of ‘erotic capital’. Click the picture below to read more…



The drawings of Sylvia Plath – The Mayor Gallery, until 16th December.

30/09/11 With the publication of the October Issue of Bluestocking imminent, what better way to kick start it then with this fascinating email discussion on the topic of the role of political spouses.  Click on the picture below to read ….






Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM), click on the link below and  visit The Eve Appeal Site to find out more about the ‘Kiss of Life’ Campaign.


Women War Artists at the Imperial War Museum until 27th November


The Help is coming to the UK soon.


Make sure to visit ‘Women’s Views on the News’, a fantastic site which aims to redress the serious gender imbalance in the world’s media. According to the 2010 survey of the Global Media Monitoring Project women feature in just 10% of all news stories.  Visit the site to find out how the team are approaching this problem head on. 


Check out the new women’s history catalogue and research guide hosted by the London Metropolitan University. Great for school, life, and writing Bluestocking articles! :)

This engaging and poignant lecture by Aung San Suu Kyi explores the human aspiration to be free and acts as an excellent way to kick start our new blog section. Enjoy!

The Reith Lectures – Securing Freedom: 2011

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