Women's history (28 pages found in this category)


Mary Taylor

Early advocate for women’s rights, born in Gomersal in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, (1817–1893).

Meriel Talbot

British public servant and women’s welfare worker, (1866–1956).

Norah Wilmot

Norah Wilmot (1889–1980) was the first British woman racehorse trainer to officially train a winning horse. Her historic win came with her filly Pat, at Brighton in August 1966, just one day after she became one of the first two women to be granted a training licence by the Jockey Club.

Punishment of Incest Act 1908

Act of Parliament making it illegal for the first time in England and Wales for a man to engage in sexual intercourse with any female he knew to be his grand-daughter, daughter, sister, half-sister, or mother.

White Cross Army

Organisation set up in 1883 by the social campaigner and author Ellice Hopkins, together with the Bishop of Durham, to promote “social purity”.

White poppy

The white poppy was introduced in 1933 by the British Women’s Cooperative Guild as a pacifist alternative to the Royal British Legion’s annual red poppy appeal.

Wife selling

Way of ending an unsatisfactory marriage by mutual agreement that probably began in the late 17th century, when divorce was a practical impossibility for all but the very wealthiest.

Women’s Suffrage Journal

Magazine founded by Lydia Becker and Jessie Boucherett in 1870, focusing on news of events affecting women’s lives.