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This Monday was International Women’s Day. We celebrate women’s achievements every IMG_0012day at Hillcroft College but this is an annual occasion when we can highlight women who inspire us and draw attention to gender inequalities. Names that have been put forward this week for special mention are: Anne Frank, Mary Wollstonecraft and Hildegard of Bingen. The Open University have created an interactive map showing world-changing women because women are not as visible in history. In the LRC are resources that give voices to women whose lives are remarkable in ways that wouldn’t normally make the history books or be given screen time.

Here are our top 5 resources for finding out more about women’s experiences and strength against opposition and/or oppression:

  1. ‘If you knew me you would care’ by Zainab Salbi and photographs by Rennio Maifredi. (Pictured)
  2. ‘Everyday sexism’ by Laura Bates.
  3. ‘Laughing all the way to the mosque’ by Zarqa Nawaz.
  4. ‘A Passion for Birth’ by Sheila Kitzinger.
  5. ‘The Gold Diggers’ directed by Sally Potter.

 

Votes for Women materialToday 25 February a new series starts on BBC2 called Suffragettes, For Ever! The Story of Women and Power. It’s a 3-part series looking at the beginnings of the suffragette movement fighting for women’s rights to vote going right up to the battles of the twentieth century for equality.

To chart the history Amanda Vickery looks at women’s legal rights from the eighteenth century before the suffragettes began. You can catch clips of episode 1 on the BBC Two Suffragettes For Ever! The Story of Women and Power Episode 1 page.

Our Access to Humanities and Social Science students have just finished studying the suffragette movement. Here’s an embedded search to our library catalogue to find out what we have on the suffragettes. It includes ebooks, TV recordings, DVDs and websites Or you can take a look at what we hold on women and equality.

LGBT History Month displayFebruary is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month celebrating the past and achievements of the LGBT community.

For visitors to our Learning Resources Centre (LRC) we’ve set up a display of material to showcase the variety of material we hold and which our students and staff can borrow:

Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History: from antiquity to World War II by Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon

Before Stonewall  directed by Greta Schiller

Jamie and Jessie (Are Not Together) directed by Wendy Jo Carlton

Equality Britain: a Directory of Opportunity 2009

Don’t forget Saturday 8 Feb is National Libraries Day highlighting the importance academic, public and workplace libraries make in the United Kingdom. Watch out for events in your area on the National Libraries Day website.

Feminist writers French and EnglishAs the national residential college for women we collect material on women’s history, women’s rights and feminism. So as you can imagine we were delighted to get a postcard from the British Library alerting us to a new oral history resource called Sisterhood and after: an oral history of the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Sisterhood charts the history of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the United Kingdom from the 1960s to 1980s through oral testimonies. It’s broken down into themes; family and children, mind, body and spirit, sex, love and friendship, race, place and nation, education,equality and work, activism, politics and legislation, change, culture and art and who we were, how we are.  It also includes biographies of the participants and a timeline.

With British Library permission granted you’ll find it through our Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC).


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