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Women at Work

On International Women’s Day 2019, LSE Library launched its programme around Women at Work to commemorate 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act. This Act removed the legal barriers of sex or marriage from official appointments and professional occupations, such as the legal profession.

The Women’s Library Collection in LSE Library is a rich source of information for and was formed out of the struggles encountered by women working in the professions after 1919. Our Women at Work programme began in Spring 2019 with a focus on areas of work that have only relatively recently appointed women to senior positions.

It is followed by the exhibition The Sacred Year 1919: Women and the Professions from May to September 2019, at the end of which we will be hosting the Women’s History Network Conference.

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This webpage will be updated as new events and details for the exhibition and conference become available.

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Learning resources

A timeline of the main legal changes affecting women from 1918 to 1929 is available to download as a PowerPoint The Changing Role of Women 1918-1929 [PPT 3MB]. This can be used in topics around the changing role of women in British society, particularly between the wars, in History, Sociology and Religious Studies.

Download a ‘newspaper’ of case studies of women [PDF 1.4MB] (Helena Normanton, Mithan Tata, Mary Stott, Maude Royden) featured in the exhibition from law, journalism and the Church as well as contextual information. This can be used for comprehension exercises or topic information for the ‘changing role’ of women in British Society. Please note it prints at A3 but can be sized down.

Events

Listen to our first event Women in the City, which took place on International Women’s Day 2019. Three female leaders in business and finance shared their experiences from their varied careers, including Pavita Cooper, Bronwyn Curtis, Elisabeth Stheeman with Chair Grace Lordan.

Download our Summer events listings leaflet [PDF 1MB] or explore what is on through the LSE Events page.

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Women’s History Network Annual Conference 2019

Call for Papers, WHN Annual Conference  

Professional Women: the public, the private, and the political

6 to 7 September 2019

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

This conference will explore not only the significance of the 1919 Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, but also the ‘professional woman’ in all periods, nations and forms. She is found far beyond ‘the professions’, in fields ranging from agriculture to industry, from education to the arts. She has worked with or without official sanction and recognition, in widely varying conditions, for typically unequal wages. She has created her own professional niches, from domestic trades to feminist organisations – or forced her way into traditionally male domains. Her professional life has been influenced by sex and gender, but also by class, ethnicity and race, sexuality, disability, age, nationality and family situation.

For more information on topics, themes, poster information and how to send a proposal see the Women’s History Network website.