Women's Library


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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 .
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...
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 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...
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...
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 Christabel Pankhurst
Important archival collections on CP and the suffrage struggle are to be found at the Women's Library , formerly the Fawcett Library.
Castle, Barbara. Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst. Penguin, 1987.
110, 157, 159
“The Women’s Library”. London Metropolitan University.
Textual Production Josephine Butler
The University of Liverpool holds the Josephine Butler Collections, an archive which comprises among other things articles, manuscripts, books, and photographs. The Women's Library , which houses the Josephine Butler Society Library, also has...
Textual Production Emmeline Pankhurst
The Fawcett Library (now the Women's Library) in London houses the Suffrage archives, including many of EP 's papers. A sound recording about her, originally an Argo long-playing record, contains a reminiscence by Sybil Thorndike
Textual Production Sylvia Pankhurst
Important archival collections of SP ' writings are held at the Women's Library in London, and at the Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.
Castle, Barbara. Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst. Penguin, 1987.
Textual Production Barbara Cartland
An unpublished manuscript, How I Want to be Remembered, is apparently a summary statement covering her romantic life, her output of fiction, and her work as a social activist, facilitating wartime weddings and the...
Textual Production Frances Power Cobbe
The Women's Library holds papers of FPC including contributions to several archives of letters. Particularly interesting is a scrapbook of cuttings, cartoons, etc. (mostly on the suffrage struggle, dating from 1893-1913). Cobbe gave this volume...


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.
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 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 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 (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 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 general meeting, with Lady Rhondda as president.
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 in saris) went on strike at Grunwick Film Processing plant in Willesden, North London.
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 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 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 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...