British delegation at the 2nd international conference held by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom conference, Zurich, 1919


Women, Peace and Welfare: a talk by Ann Oakley

Hosted by the LSE Library

CLM.2.02 Clement House, Aldwych, United Kingdom


Professor Ann Oakley

Writer and sociologist


Dr Armine Iskhanian

Associate Professor at the Department for Social Policy, LSE

Between 1880 and 1920 many women researched the conditions of social and economic life in Western countries. They were driven by a vision of a society based on welfare and altruism, rather than warfare and competition.

Ann Oakley, a leading sociologist, undertook extensive research to uncover this previously hidden cast of forgotten characters. She uses the women’s stories to bring together the histories of social reform, social science, welfare and pacifism. 

Professor Ann Oakley is a writer and a sociologist. She has written both novels and many non-fiction books. She is best known for her work on sex and gender, housework, childbirth and feminist social science. Her more recent interests have focused on evidence-based public policy and methodologies of research and evaluation, on the sociology of the body and on biography and autobiography as forms of life-writing. She is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the UCL Institute of Education, and until January 2005 was Director of the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU) at the Institute, where she also headed the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre).

Dr Armine Iskhanian is an Associate Professor at the Department for Social Policy, LSE. Her research examines the relationship between civil society, democracy, development, and social transformation.  She has examined how civil society organisations and social movements engage in policy processes and transformative politics in a number of countries including Armenia, Egypt, Greece, and the UK.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

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