Jane Campbell: Parliamentary divorce pioneer — The History of Parliament

On 23 June 1801, a woman called Jane Campbell divorced her husband Edward Addison by Act of Parliament, and became the first woman to obtain a Parliamentary divorce. Dr Mari Takayanagi, Senior Archivist at the Parliamentary Archives and joint Project Manager for Vote 100, discusses how this came about, the significance of the case, and … More Jane Campbell: Parliamentary divorce pioneer — The History of Parliament

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Mayor of Aldeburgh

I was in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, over the Easter weekend and visited the parish church. To my surprise, I discovered that there was a women’s history interest. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917), most famous for being the first woman doctor to qualify in Britain, was Mayor of Aldeburgh between 1908 and 1910. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson information panel … More Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Mayor of Aldeburgh

Upcoming lecture for International Women’s Day

The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art at the House of Commons is hosting a public lecture to mark a newly acquired portrait of Margot Asquith by Philip de Laszlo. The lecture is on ‘Margot Asquith and the role of the political hostess’ by Krista Cowman, Professor of History, University of Lincoln. I’m very … More Upcoming lecture for International Women’s Day