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‘A Glass Half Full’? Women’s history in the UK
June Purvis, Women's History Review
Volume 27, Issue 1 (2018)
Managing Editor Helen Gilmour writes:
In this article, Purvis explores the construction of women’s history across the 20th and 21st centuries, from how it’s being written – namely by women themselves post second wave feminism – to how attitudes towards gender history itself are evolving. Purvis notes that women’s history is generally becoming increasingly embedded in our popular culture, especially evident from the recent feature film Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, but also a resurgent interest in feminism amongst younger women.
What’s clear to see from resurgent campaigns such as the ‘Everyday Sexism’ project and the #metoo movement is that while women’s history may be making its way to the forefront, the fundamental message of 1918 has not been fully realized. The suffragette campaign is not to be mistaken for simply a fight for the vote, but rather the continuation of a longer battle to end sex discrimination; something which is ongoing in 2018.