Lecture to evaluate the future of women’s past


A widely published authority on women’s history will be asking: Has women's history now achieved its aims? in a lecture at the University of Lincoln on Tuesday 5 February.


Krista Cowman, the University’s first Professor in History, will be charting women’s history over the past century at the event, questioning whether it has a future as well as a past.


She said: “In the 80 years since Virginia Woolf issued her impassioned plea for some research into the history of women innumerable books and articles have responded to her request. Moving from a process of identifying and recovering female subjects, women’s history now has an established place within the academy. It appears in the National Curriculum, features on undergraduate degrees and even exists as distinct MA courses. Yet, for all its apparent successes, many women’s historians feel that the position of their subject remains precarious.”


Krista’s years of postgraduate study were spent at the Institute of Historical Research, London, and the Centre for Women’s Studies, York, where she researched women’s political activity on Merseyside during the height of the suffrage campaign.


Her books include ‘Mrs Brown is a Man and a Brother! Women in Merseyside’s Political Organisations, 1890 - 1940’ and ‘Women of the Right Spirit: Paid Organisers in the Women’s Social and Political Union, 1904-18’.


The lecture will start at 6pm with registration from 5.30pm at the Jackson Lecture Theatre, Brayford campus. Admission is free. To register for the event contact the events team on 01522 837008 or email events@lincoln.ac.uk