The Women’s History Network is presenting six free online sessions under the title Studying Herstories on March 8 covering a wide range of topics from the media through to elites.

Each one will last approximately 40 minutes, with the first beginning at 9:20am, under the heading of Culture, Media, Representations.

The session will see Anna Clark, University of Oxford deliver an address on Exemplary Women: Portraits of Female Patrons and the Early Modern University. This will be followed by Nora Baker, University of Oxford discussing Huguenot Women’s Writing and Self-Representation.

Esther Bennett, University of Newcastle topic will be “A Harlot’s Progress”: Examining Perceptions of Prostitutes through Printed Literature and Visual Satire in Eighteenth-century England.

The Wartime Chanteuse: Investigating the Women Who Sang for the French Resistance, 1940-1944 will be delivered by Clare Church, University of Aberystwyth.

The session concludes with Abigail Murphy, University of Gloucester on The Control of ‘Immoral’ Women in Gloucestershire 1942-1946.

The keynote lecture will be from Dr Lucy Delap under the title ‘She has plenty of go in him’: intersections of gender and disability in twentieth century Britain.

In it Dr Delap will pose the questions: What happens when historians research the lives of people with intellectual disabilities as low paid workers rather than patients? When we turn away from sources produced by the medical establishment and look to vernacular and workplace records?

This paper examines the experiences of British workers, employers and public institutions in relation to intellectual disabilities.

By looking at labour markets, gender becomes prominent, with male and female workers having very different experiences of negotiating impairment, workplaces, quotas, state supervision and making a living.

The Women’s History Network is a national association and charity for the promotion of women’s history and the encouragement of women and men interested in women’s history.

Following its establishment in 1991 we have grown year by year and today it is a UK national charity with members including working historians, researchers, independent scholars, teachers, librarians, and many other individuals both within academia and beyond.

Indeed, the network reaches out to welcome women and men from any background who share a passion for women’s history. The WHN is controlled by its members who elect a national steering committee who manage our activities and business.

The full list of sessions on March 8 is available, with links to book free tickets is here.