About Us

Founder: Mona Sakr

Our Aims

Bluestocking is an online journal that investigates the intellectual and artistic achievements of women throughout history. The name of the journal originates from the 18th Century Blue Stockings society of educated intellectual women. In The Second Sex, de Beauvoir (1949) argued that young women lack the stimulus of emulation in the pursuit of knowledge. Many would attribute this lack to restrictions placed upon women in history, and harbour the impression that these restrictions subsequently prevented women from achieving intellectually and artistically. In reality, women’s involvement in the progress of all disciplines has been robust, and their influence only later discredited or stifled. Bluestocking acts as a base for critical and insightful research into the work of female thinkers, raising the profile of women as major actors in the history of ideas and in the present day.

Our Team

General Editor: Rebecca O’Brien

Rebecca is a finalist studying Law at Pembroke College. She is inspired by the work of many female lawyers including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Helena MeKennedy. After her experience as Gender Equalities Rep she has seen how complicated and diverse the feminist movement is, and how it should be as intersectional as possible, and hopes that this will influence the law of the day or at least the future. Rebecca is also heavily influenced by female writers who she could read before she started her degree! She loves the work of Maya Angelou and Jane Austen.

Humanities Editor: Ellie Johnson Husbands

Ellie is a finalist studying English at St. Hilda’s College. She admires the work Beyoncé and Solange Knowles have done in discussing the feminist movement in Ellie.jpgpop culture, the success of J K Rowling, and Phoebe Gloeckner’s portrayal of teenage female sexuality in ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures’. Having recently attended a talk in memory of Sue Lloyd Roberts, an investigative journalist for the BBC, she has come to admire her work that drew attention to the injustice of FGM and the worldwide war on women and their bodies in her appropriately named book, ‘The War on Women’.

Arts Editor: Hannah Johnson

HannahHannah is a second year Corpuscle, Pinterest addict, die-hard musical fan and feminist studying English. When she isn’t reading or writing, she enjoys mythology, film, photography and travel. If Hannah were a nail polish, she would be Essie’s Eternal Optimist. Her favourite female role models are J. K. Rowling, Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank and Elle Woods.

Science Editor: Lamis Hamdi


Lamis is in her second year studying medicine at St Hilda’s. One of her role models is 19th century Ada Lovelace who is considered the first computer scientist. Lovelace‘s power to break through gender constraints in her time amazes her, and provides a beacon of hope for all women wishing to pursue a career in maths and science.

Head of Publicity: Olivia Hicks


Olivia is from the Suffolk coast, and is in her second year at St Hilda’s College. She studies Classics, but also loves anatomy, the history of medicine, Victorian literature, and US constitutional law (she adores Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Olivia is obsessed with the history of women’s education, greatly admiring Elizabeth Garret Anderson and Sophia Jex-Blake. Writers who have influenced her feminist views include Judith Butler, belle hooks, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Simone De Beauvoir.

Bluestocking is always looking for writers! More details here.

Previous Editors: Emily Oldham, Alice Theobald, Claire Rodwell, Georgia Mizen, Raffaella Tomassi, Leila Molana-Allen, Kate Bowden, Rebecca Gregory, Monika Kreile, Hannah Lee

Previous Team Members: Sophie Dowle, Stephanie Pope, Ellen Pasternack, Millie Clark, Rebecca Moore, Natalya Din-Kariuki, Helen Robb, Urmilla Nakkeeran, Gitanjali Joseph, Frankee Bryant, Sarah Parker, Chloe McIvor, Signy Gutnick-Allen, Helen Lochead, Katy Routh, Jamie Anderson, Victoria Flynn, Catherine Reeves, Anusha Ravi, Kate Kettle, Katherine Cross, Amy Waite, Jack Coombs, Nichola Davis, Jade A. Louch, Jennie Saywell, Gaia Donati, Janina Cordes, Setareh Masoumbeiki, Riana Patel, Ella St George Carey, Claire Rodwell, Amaris Lee, Anna Simpson, Rachel Jeal, Alice Theobald, Natalie Harney

If you were a member of the Bluestocking team and your name isn’t listed above, please let us know so we can add you to the list. Email bluestocking.editor@gmail.com


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