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Issue 7 Winter 2014

Breaking the Chains? Women in the West Midlands

Led by guest-editor Professor Ruth Watts, our writers explore the experiences of West Midlands women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Guest Editor, Ruth Watts reflects on the changing experiences and impact of women

Ruth Watts
Key events in the recent history of women

Educating Girls and Women
Ruth Watts
Changing schooling for girls and women

Elizabeth Cadbury: Quaker Reformer
Helen Maiden
Women and social action

Francesca Wilson in Peace and War
Siân Roberts
Educating émigrés and refugees

The Fight for the Vote
Nicola Gauld
Bertha Ryland and militant action

Mary Macarthur: Chainmakers’ Champion
Mark Curthoys
The chainmakers’ strike in the Black Country

The Women’s Suffrage Pilgrimage 1913
Toby Gavin
Marching for constitutional reform

Striking for Fair Rents
Ben Morton
Working class women’s struggle

Places to visit
Guy Sjögren
Sites with connections to particular women and women workers

The Morals of Munitions Workers in 1914-1918
Siân Roberts
Responses to women at work

Cadbury’s Angels?
Jo-Ann Curtis
Ideal and reality

An Artist in Wartime
Nicola Gauld
Illustrating women’s contribution to the First World War

Learning to Care
Jane Adams and Carol Bowsher
The training and status of nurses

A Local Saint
Mark Curthoys
A courageous nurse

The Decline of Drudgery? Women and the Home
David Eveleigh
Revolutionary domestic technology, but not for all

In Their Own Words: Women War Workers
Henrietta Lockhart and Jo-Ann Curtis
Changing experiences for women

Edgbastonia: Changing Attitudes to Women
Henrietta Lockhart
Old and new views among middle-class women

Book Reviews
Key publications on women’s history

Guy Sjögren
Finding out about women’s history on the web

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Issue 7 Winter 2014