How have Cambridge Women influenced feminism over the last 150 years?
Cambridge Herstory by Millie Dean
Created by Millie Dean in 2020, whilst a student at Comberton Village College, the Cambridge Herstory website is dedicated to telling the story of feminism through the achievements of women that have lived or studied in Cambridge. The site can be accessed as a set of 5 lessons suitable for Year 9 students and contains learning, activities, links and resources that students can complete in school or from home.
“The seeds for Cambridge Herstory were sown while attending an event at the Cambridge Literary Festival in 2018,” writes Millie. “Feminist Alice Wroe was interviewing Helen Pankhurst (granddaughter of Emmeline) and pointed out that history has mainly been written by men, about men. She spoke about her own project, Herstory, which was set up to challenge this. As I was listening to Alice, I thought about how many men we learnt about in school – across most subjects – compared to women.
When I learnt about John Maynard Keynes, the economist, I found out he was from Cambridge and I was interested to find out more about him. I quickly found out how incredible his mum, Florence was. Some time later, Local Herstorian Antony Carpen gave a talk at Open Cambridge which was not only about Florence but also all the other incredible women we looked at in Lesson 2.”
Celebrating the courage and resilience of the women of Cambridge
The Capturing Cambridge Cambridge Herstory is an archive and resource of Cambridge Women’s Heritage, celebrating the courage and resilience of the women of Cambridge.
The archive celebrates the contributions of women who have lived, worked and studied in Cambridge throughout the ages: from stories of women in history who changed the city for the better, and often contributed nationally to stories of women currently living in Cambridge who make massive contributions to improve the lives of their friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, community members and our city every single day.
We’d love to hear from you
If you would like to add to add a Cambridge Herstory blog – whether your story or someone else’s, or an event, art, culture or links celebrating the women of Cambridge, please contact Ari or Hilary.
Community Development Officer, Cambridge City Council
Hilary Cox Condron
Capturing Cambridge Cambridge Herstory Curator
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