Women's Library


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Family and Intimate relationships Charlotte Despard
Her husband was a wealthy Anglo-Irish businessman and merchant trading to the Far East, with an office in London and experience abroad. Though he was only five years older than she was, and lived for...
Family and Intimate relationships A. S. Byatt
Her daughter Antonia Byatt , born in Durham on 13 April 1960, was the first Director of the Women's Library
“Inspirational Women”. ASHA.
before moving on in September 2007 to become literature director of Arts Council England .
Friends, Associates Edith Craig
Another close though distant friend (she lived latterly in Scotland) was the male impersonator Vera (Jack) Holme , who had been an active suffragist (driving cars for the Pankhursts and Pethwick-Lawrences) and then a relief...
Friends, Associates Maude Royden
Courtney and Royden served together as executive members of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) , of which in 1911 Courtney became secretary. They also worked together as vice-chairs for the Women's International League (WIL)
Occupation Elizabeth Robins
Murray and Garrett Anderson had already been running a similar hospital in Paris. At Endell Street their staff, all women, treated 24,000 soldiers as in-patients and many more as out-patients before the hosptial closed at...
Occupation Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
EPL began to be active in the Working Girls' Club of the MethodistWest London Mission .
Some sources, for instance the website of the Women's Library , date her work with the club as...
Reception Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
EPL 's involvement in the militant suffrage movement was necessarily controversial: contemporaries both lauded and reviled her. In her diary Virginia Woolf described EPL 's style of public speaking in 1918 with some disdain. I...
Reception Monica Furlong
Reception Eunice Guthrie Murray
EGM was made an MBE in 1945. Her journals are privately owned by her collateral descendants. A scrapbook now in the Women's Library in London contains EGM 's collection of suffrage newspaper cuttings; since an...
Textual Production Eleanor Rathbone
Major collections of ER 's papers are held at Liverpool University and the Women's Library in London (formerly the Fawcett Library ).
Alberti, Johanna. Eleanor Rathbone. Sage Press.
Textual Production Amber Reeves
Many of AR 's papers are in family hands. Her letters to Wells are at the University of Illinois , and the Women's Library holds the text of two interviews with her.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
Textual Production Charlotte Despard
The Women's Library and the Northern Ireland Public Record Office both hold collections of CD 's papers. The Northern Ireland PRO has held since 1969 a series of personal diaries dating from 1913-1926, as well...
Textual Production Nawal El Saadawi
NES spoke about her life and work at the Women's Library in London.
“Library welcomes Nawal El Saadawi”. Women’s Library Newsletter.
Textual Production Kate Parry Frye
Elizabeth Crawford notes that KPF 's archive, scattered throughout England, contains not only unpublished play typescripts but also an Organiser's Report Book of suffrage work kept from 25 April 1912 to 28 July 1914...
Textual Production Maude Royden
The Women's Library holds most of MR 's papers (including a folder of correspondence with Ursula Roberts, the writer Susan Miles), while the British Library , Lambeth Palace Library , and the Bodleian Library hold some letters.
“The Papers of Agnes Maude Royden”. Archives Hub: London Metropolitan University: Women’s Library.
“Papers of Ursula Roberts”. AIM25. London Metropolitan University: Women’s Library.


16 December 1845: The foundation-stone was laid for the Whitechapel...

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16 December 1845

The foundation-stone was laid for the Whitechapel Public Baths in a poor area of East London, as part of the movement for public hygiene.

1861: Maria Rye established the Female Middle Class...

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Maria Rye established the Female Middle Class Emigration Society in response to the scarcity of jobs in England for girls and women.

December 1903: Australian feminist and suffragist Vida Goldstein...

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December 1903

Australian feminist and suffragist Vida Goldstein became the first woman in the British Empire to run for a national parliament, standing for the Senate while two other Australian women stood for the House of Representatives...

4 March 1912: Gertrude Wilkinson received a medal from...

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4 March 1912

Gertrude Wilkinson received a medal from the Women's Social and Political Union to commemorate her endurance of hunger strike and forcible feeding.

17 November 1922: Feminist and suffragist Helena Normanton...

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17 November 1922

Feminist and suffragist Helena Normanton (1882-1957) became the the second woman called to the English bar; she was the first woman to practise as a barrister in the High Court of Justice .

31 January 1926: The Women's Service Library, later known...

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31 January 1926

The Women's Service Library , later known as the Fawcett Library , and presently known as the Women's Library , was established.

31 October 1944: The Women's Press Club held its first annual...

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31 October 1944

The Women's Press Club held its first annual general meeting, with Lady Rhondda as president.

14 August 1975: The Monstrous Regiment Theatre Company was...

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14 August 1975

The Monstrous Regiment Theatre Company was founded in London by female and male performers, many of whom had already worked with the Women's Street Theatre Company or the Women's Theatre Company .

By September 1976: South Asian women (called by the media strikers...

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By September 1976

South Asian women (called by the media strikers in saris) went on strike at Grunwick Film Processing plant in Willesden, North London.

1998: The British Heritage Lottery Fund made a...

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The British Heritage Lottery Fund made a grant of 4.2 million pounds towards a much-needed new building for the Women's Library , formerly the Fawcett Library .

7 October 1999: Conservationists from the Museum of London...

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7 October 1999

Conservationists from the Museum of London opened a Victorian time capsule found in building the new home of the Women's Library in East London.

15, 17 June 2011: The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) released...

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15, 17 June 2011

The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) released a digitized version of documents, photos, banners, and personal mementoes from the struggle of British women for suffrage, housed at the Women's Library and the British parliamentary archives.
Doherty, Teresa. Emails to the Women’s History Network.

28 September 2012: A press release announced that the Women's...

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28 September 2012

A press release announced that the Women's Library , given notice to quit its purpose-built premises by London Metropolitan University , was to move to a new, central location under the auspices of the London...


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