20th century, Contemporary, Humanities

Elinor Ostrom and Economic Governance

By Eleanor Connolly. This year Elinor Ostrom became the first ever female recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Ostrom's win was revolutionary for her gender, but more importantly because the research she was awarded for has overturned commonly held assumptions about basic human economic interaction. The prize was shared Oliver E. Williamson for… Continue reading Elinor Ostrom and Economic Governance

Arts, Contemporary

Kate Mosse: the other Kate

By Clarissa Pabi. Kate Mosse may not canter down catwalks like the other Kate, but she is a model of great importance nonetheless.  A BBC broadcaster, best-selling author, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, co-founder of the “Orange Prize for Fiction” and the “Chichester Writing Festival”, Kate’s contributions to the arts go on ad infinitum. … Continue reading Kate Mosse: the other Kate

20th century, Arts

The Real and the Good: Iris Murdoch’s Philosophy in Fiction An examination of The Bell

By Minocher Dinshaw Iris Murdoch is now best known to us as a novelist; it is easy to forget that her undergraduate study at Oxford was in classics, her postgraduate studentship at Cambridge was in philosophy, and that during her time as a Fellow at St. Anne's (1948-1963) she also taught the subject. Her first… Continue reading The Real and the Good: Iris Murdoch’s Philosophy in Fiction An examination of The Bell

18th century, Arts

Mary Montagu

By Ella Harris Lady Mary Montagu (1689-1762), court beauty, wife of the British Ambassador to Istanbul and prolific letter-writer, was the first major female travel writer of her time. She was a correspondent with Alexander Pope, knew and was disliked by Horace Walpole, and introduced the Turkish, then Ottoman, method of inoculation to Britain. Often… Continue reading Mary Montagu

Humanities, Medieval

Saint Clare of Assisi – living by the Rule

By Raffaella Tommassi. Clare of Assisi can be seen as one of the most influential women in the Middle Ages, at the forefront of the fight to ensure a true female religious mendicancy. Indeed, Pope Innocent IV agreed with me, stopping the Friars Minor from saying the office of the dead during her funeral and… Continue reading Saint Clare of Assisi – living by the Rule

16th century, Humanities

Women Historians and Female Kingship in Early Modern England

By Signy Gutnick Allen Jane. Edward. Mary. Elizabeth. By the end of Elizabeth I's reign the population of England was practically, if not philosophically or ideologically, very used to having a woman on the throne. However, what living under a female monarch for an Early Modern population was actually like, from how 'female kings' were… Continue reading Women Historians and Female Kingship in Early Modern England

17th century, Arts, Science

“An Inexhaustible Treasure of Fancy”: Thomas Sprat, Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn.

By Aime Williams During the mid- seventeenth century, there arose a new strand of philosophical thinking -- the premise of which was that truth had been encoded into the world by God through his creation. The best way to find these truths, therefore, was to examine the world via observation and the senses. The central text… Continue reading “An Inexhaustible Treasure of Fancy”: Thomas Sprat, Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn.

Arts, Classical/ Ancient

“I say someone in another time will remember us”: The Legend of Sappho

By Rhiannon Garth Jones and Tom Dean. For over three thousand years, poetry has been a way to achieve immortality, both for the poet and the subject, making permanent the passing lives of humans. This fragment from Sappho expresses, whether intentionally or not, that belief, and proves it to be justified. Although almost nothing of… Continue reading “I say someone in another time will remember us”: The Legend of Sappho

20th century, Science

Jane Goodall

By Harriet Dalrymple. Jane Goodall is one of the most famous, celebrated and inspirational figures in Science today, however it is not only her academic work that has made her so successful. Few scientists have the charisma needed to entertain the public on TV quiz shows, and win round comedians such as Jon Stewart. Her… Continue reading Jane Goodall

20th century, Arts, Contemporary

‘If I have any goal in fashion, it is to help women express their strength.’ – Diane von Fürstenberg

By Rosie Pigott Perhaps one the most inspiring women in the history of fashion is Diane von Fürstenberg: creative designer, powerful entrepreneur and a firm believer in female independence. In 1976 she was described by Newsweek as the ‘new icon of female liberation and the most marketable designer since Coco Chanel’ following the release of… Continue reading ‘If I have any goal in fashion, it is to help women express their strength.’ – Diane von Fürstenberg