Why ‘A League of Their Own’ is the BEST example of Public History

I have been a massive fan of Abbi Jacobson for years. Her TV show Broad City which she co-created with her best friend Ilana Glazer will forever be my favourite series, and her book I Might Regret This was so inspiring and important to me. So when I heard Jacobson was creating a new series … Continue reading Why ‘A League of Their Own’ is the BEST example of Public History

3 Historical Dramas I want to see get made

In recent years, we have been spoiled by some truly terrific female-driven historical dramas on our TV screen. As someone who is obsessed with TV and with gender history, I have devoured many of these series, and have written extensively about them in these blogposts. There is a definite turn in the way that historical … Continue reading 3 Historical Dramas I want to see get made

Public/Gender History and the rise of the new ‘Historical Woman’

Over the last 18 months, I have been investigating a (relatively new) sub-genre of Public History that I have named Public/Gender History. Public/Gender History represents avenues of Public History (museum exhibits, statues, documentaries, books, films, TV shows, podcasts etc.) that are determined to tell new and improved stories about the history of gender, and more … Continue reading Public/Gender History and the rise of the new ‘Historical Woman’

My Top 5 Female Driven History Dramas

I am unsurprisingly a massive fan of Historical dramas, whether it is based on fictional characters and events (such as the highly anticipated new Netflix show being released on Christmas Day - Bridgeton) or on real life people from history (think the Tudors or Reign). I am also (unsurprisingly again) a massive feminist, and I … Continue reading My Top 5 Female Driven History Dramas

The First Feminists (Early Modern Empowerment)

Sometimes when I'm browsing in Waterstones, Foyles, or other similar shops, I come across books entitled 'Famous Feminists of History', or 'A Complete Guide to Feminism's History' or even '10 Women in History'. I am unfortunately always disappointed to learn that these books only ever go back as far as the 19th and 20th centuries. … Continue reading The First Feminists (Early Modern Empowerment)

Justice for Katherine Howard (International Women’s Day 2020)

Happy International Women's Day everyone! As more and more people begin to celebrate IWD in small, different ways, it is starting to become one of my favourite days of the year. My social media is filled with declarations of love for womankind. For an entire day, I get to scroll through artwork, poetry, articles and … Continue reading Justice for Katherine Howard (International Women’s Day 2020)

Celebrating Angry Women (Happy International Women’s Day)

Today is International Women's Day and I am simultaneously full of love and full of this immense anger. I have so much adoration and respect for all the women I know and admire, and yet I am constantly furiousĀ at all the ways women continue to be mistreated and discriminated against. This is not just a … Continue reading Celebrating Angry Women (Happy International Women’s Day)

My favourite version of Elizabeth I.

From the age of about seven, I knew with absolute certainty that I loved history. I was never overly excited or passionate in the classroom itself, but I was completely enthralled with learning about people in the past, their lives and deaths. My first (and lifelong) fascination was with Elizabeth I. To this day, I … Continue reading My favourite version of Elizabeth I.