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About The Women's Committee

The Committee exists primarily to promote women’s careers in economic and social history. It also promotes women’s history and feminist approaches to economic and social history. Currently, the Committee runs an annual workshop, a training day, a networking event and a dedicated session at the Annual Conference of the Economic History Society.

Chair: Dr Anne Murphy
Murphy picAnne Murphy is Reader, Associate Dean Research in the School of Humanities and Head of Subject for History at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research interests concern the nature of Britain's financial markets, the behaviour of investors, and the function and relevance of financial information from the early modern period to the present day. Her publications include articles in HistoryFinancial History Review and Economic History Review, Histoire et Mesure and a monograph published by Cambridge University Press entitled The Origins of English Financial Markets: investment and speculation before the South Sea Bubble

Secretary: Dr Emily Buchnea
(Researcher, Newcastle University Business School)

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Special issue of the Economic History Review

The Women’s Committee virtual issue

The editorial includes information about the history of the Women’s Committee and the publishing rates of female authors in the Economic History Review.


Forthcoming Events

Training Event for Women in Economic and Social History

Networking Event for Women in Economic and Social History

British Library, 10.30 a.m., 15 December 2017 

For our next networking event we will be at the British Library for talks about some of their ongoing digitalisation projects.  Schedule as follows: 

10.45-10.50            Meet at staff entrance in Midland Road
11.00-11.40            Antonia Moon and Margaret Makepeace on current India Office                                  Records projects, sponsored by Adam Matthew
11.40-c.12.30         Richard Davies talk and tour of Qatar programme 

If you would like to attend please email Anne Murphy as numbers are strictly limited. 

We will be going on to lunch afterwards. If you cannot attend the talks but would like to attend the lunch let Anne know.

2017 Annual Workshop: Women’s Legal Histories: justice, agency and representation

The twenty-eighth annual workshop of the Women's Committee, organised by Dr Teresa Phipps, will take place at Swansea University on Saturday, 25 November.

The provisional programme and booking form can be found here.

Information on travel to Swansea can be found here.

Information on past and future workshops can be found here.

Previous Events

Training Sessions

  • 18 September 2015, All Souls College, Oxford: 'Public engagement, the media and academic publishing'.  Programme
  • 30 August 2013, University of Oxford: 'Publications and dissemination of research findings'
  • 12 September 2014, University of Oxford: Programme

Networking Events

Information on networking events organised by the Women's Committee can be found here.

Other Information

Women's Committee Database Project

The Women's Committee was awarded a grant of £1,000 from the Economic History Society to conduct a survey of economic historians in UK Higher Education.  A copy of the report can be found here.

Women's Committee Conference Presentation 2012

The Women's Committee session at the 2012 annual conference included a short presentation by Emily Buchnea on: A brief introduction to social networking for academics.

Guidelines for the Women's Workshop and Annual Conference

Guidelines for proposing a Women's Committee session at the annual conference can be found here.

Guidelines for organising the Annual Workshop can be found here.

This Committee aims to encourage women to participate in all areas of economic and social history.  Original aims of the Committee (1988).

First meeting of the Women's Committee: please click here to read the minutes.

The Committee makes a bi-annual report to the Council of the Society and the organisers of the Annual Workshop make an independent report to the Treasurer and Council.  

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