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Women on the move: Ella Baker and Amy Ashwood Garvey

During the early to mid-20th century, five million African-Americans made the passage from the former slave-holding south to the industrialised cities of the north and west United States. Cruel Jim Crow laws and tough financial situations forced families to move hundreds of miles to states such as New York, Illinois…

Simone de Beauvoir

Feminism as a movement has evolved dramatically since its popularisation in the mid twentieth century. Today, modern Western feminists use their keyboards as their weapons substituting for the more provocative arson attacks and hunger strikes employed by those for whom women’s suffrage was the leading battle. The fight for gender…

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Most famous for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or Life Among the Lowly, the writer Harriet Beecher Stowe was an abolitionist whose writings had a profound effect on the public debate surrounding slavery. Indeed, such was the significance of her novel in galvanising public opinion during the mid-nineteenth century that…

The First World War: a Sexy Affair?

Using the term ‘sexy’ to describe the First World War is not only majorly outdated but a more literal mistake. War has often changed the relation between masculinity and femininity;positive impacts for women have occurred such as greater work and social opportunities with idols such as Florence Nightingale sparking feminist…

Peaky Blinders, Series Review

The BBC has long been famed for the quality of its dramas but the star-studded Peaky Blinders, which has recently returned for its second series, is one of its best. 1920s Birmingham is beautifully stylised with effortless cool continuously exuded by the characters. The drug, alcohol and violence fuelled hedonism…