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7th March 2011, 2:17pm
Lincoln professor explores feminism's use of history for International Women's Day
Prof Krista Cowman Krista Cowman, Professor of History at the University of Lincoln, is to speak at the Women’s Library in London tomorrow (Tuesday 8 March) to mark International Women’s Day.

Her lecture will help celebrate 20 years of the Women’s History Network, a registered charity which is dedicated to promoting women’s history and which sponsors a number of prizes as well as an annual conference.  

In this, the network’s first Annual Lecture, Krista will reflect on some of the diverse ways in which history has been used by feminist movements in Britain. She will take a range of examples from different historical periods to show how putting women at the centre of history has always been an important feminist project.

Krista said: “For several centuries, feminists have uncovered historical examples of women achieving, organising or sometimes simply existing in unexpected contexts. These have been celebrated as pioneers, but have also been used to challenge gendered inequalities or to legitimise women's contemporary activities in diverse campaigns including those demanding access to higher education in the 19th century, the suffrage movement and the Women's Liberation Movement.”

International Women’s Day was first marked a century ago, mainly as a day of campaigning for women’s political freedom. Since then the event has grown and broadened into a more celebratory occasion which is marked across the world.

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