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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 encourages the pursuit of women’s history and feminist approaches to economic and social history. Currently, the Committee usually runs an annual workshop, a training day, a networking event and a dedicated session at the Annual Conference of the Economic History Society.  Details can usually be found on the Society’s Events page or you can email the Secretary, Dr Emily Buchnea.

Chair: Dr Sheryllynne Haggerty
SheryllynneSheryllynne Haggerty is Reader in Economic and Business History at the University of Nottingham. Her research concentrates on the economic history of the eighteenth-century British-Atlantic world. She also has a strong interest in Social Network Analysis. Her two monographs are: The British-Atlantic Trading Community 1760-1810: Men, Women, and the Distribution of Goods (Leiden: Brill Press, 2006) and Merely for Money’? Business Culture in the British Atlantic 1750-1815 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, Apl 2012) which was nominated for the Wadsworth Prize by the Business Archives Council in 2013. She has also published, amongst other journals, in Explorations in Economic History, Business History, Enterprise & Society and Atlantic History.  She is currently working on a Leverhulme-funded project on Jamaica in 1756.

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

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If you are already a member of the mailing list and are not receiving emails, please contact Dr Haggerty. This may be because your email address has changed and needs to be updated.

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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

Thirtieth Annual Workshop of the Women's Committee

23 November 2019, University of Manchester
Negotiating empire: women, economic practice and colonialism

Organisers: Dr Misha Ewen and Dr Hannah Young

Information on past and future workshops can be found here.


Decolonising the Curriculum
12 October 2019
University of Nottingham 

This one-day workshop, presented by the Women’s Committee, is primarily aimed at those at the start of their teaching career, but anyone interested in the topic at any stage of their career, and identifying as any gender, is more than welcome. 

Attendance is free. Please register here.at: decolonise19.eventbrite.co.uk 

Any queries should be directed to Sheryllynne Haggerty.

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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