The ODNB’s August 2018 update adds twenty-seven articles (including one reference group article), containing twenty-six biographies, accompanied by ten portrait likenesses. The particular focus is on women and Parliament in the period after 1918 when women’s suffrage was (partially) gained, and when women could stand for parliament for the first time. Their biographies have been curated by Dr Mari Takayanagi, senior archivist at the Parliamentary Archives. Read the full editorial introduction to this month’s update.
New and updated subjects include:
and many more.
To accompany the August update, a new reference group Women candidates at the 1918 General Election is now available.
ODNB’s Reference groups are selected biographies on a particular topic/ themes, professions, clubs, movements, etc. They are particularly useful if you don’t know the names of individuals.
The biography of the one female candidate (out of 17) to be elected, is available in the ODNB: Constance Markievicz was elected as the Sinn Fein candidate for Dublin St Patrick’s constituency. Although she was the first woman MP, she did not take her seat in Parliament in line with other Sinn Fein MPs. She was also a Polish countess by marriage.
Other ODNB reference groups also relevant to women’s history in this period are, for instance:
- Women’s Freedom League 1907-1961
- Women’s Industrial Council 1894-c 1917
- Women’s Social and Political Union 1903-1914
You might also like:
Source databases (subscription resources available to Oxford students and researchers):
- British and Irish Women’s Letters and Diaries 1500-1950 (Alexander Street Press)
- Defining Gender, 1450-1910
- Gerritsen Collection–Women’s History Online, 1543-1945
- Women, War and Society, 1914–1918 (Archives Unbound)
Sappho to Suffrage: women who dared – Weston Library, 6 March 2018 – 3 February 2019 > more
> Digitised exhibits (incl.
Grayzel, Susan R. ; Proctor, Tammy M.,
Gender and the Great War (Oxford, 2017)
A lab of one’s own : science and suffrage in the First World War
Berthezène, C., & Gottlieb, J. (eds.),
Rethinking right-wing women : gender and the Conservative party, 1880s to the present
To find more books, using the following subject searches in SOLO:
- Women — Political activity — Great Britain — Biography
- Women — Suffrage — Great Britain