Through blogs, podcasts, journals and more, explore world leading research from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities which has sought to recognise the contributions of women and lead the way towards a world where gender equality is the norm.
Discovering Ann Radcliffe
Ann Radcliffe was one of the highest paid authors of the 18th century, so why don’t we know about her today? Join staff and students from the School of English as we explore who Ann Radcliffe was.
Women’s Football and the History of it
Did you know that Women’s football is likely to have existed just as long as men’s? While women’s football is on the up in 2023, historically there have been many challenges. Elizabeth Dann explores.
Challenging preconceptions of Muslim women
Gender equality is making the histories of Muslim women known so that they may challenge preconceptions in the present and open possibilities for the future. Professor Siobhan Lambert-Hurley is dedicated to telling these women's histories.
No Love in War
Dr Valerie Hobbs from the School of English speaks about her upcoming book with Mayfly Books, No Love in War: A Story of Christian Nationalism.
Living a Life of Books': British Women and 'Modern Studies' in the Inter-War
Monograph: A socio-cultural and political examination of working class women and liberating opportunity by way of modern languages' degree programmes in red-brick provincial universities in the inter-war years.
Mothers’ Milk: Slavery, Wet-Nursing, and Black and White Women in the Antebellum South
Wet nursing is a uniquely gendered kind of exploitation, and under slavery it represented the point at which the exploitation of enslaved women as workers and as reproducers literally intersected. Dr Rosie Knight explores Slavery, Wet-Nursing, and Black and White Women in the Antebellum South.
Desperately seeking Susan: Looking for women’s voices in early modern dialogue
Wives should be ‘chaste and shamefast, modest and silent, godly and discreet’ - Elijahu Wilcocks’, 1595. Professor Cathy Shrank explores the association in early modern Europe between female speech and female unruliness.
Women in classical music - Abuses of power within the classical music industry
TAR, the Oscar nominated film, aims to ask if gender matters when it comes to power. How does our judgement change when an abuser is female? What is the place of identity politics in art? Can art be separated from the artist? Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey explores.
International cinema and the girl
From the precocious charms of Shirley Temple to the box-office behemoth Frozen and its two young female leads, Anna and Elsa, the girl has long been a figure of fascination for cinema. International Cinema and the Girl, by Professor Kate Taylor Jones, explores the female subject in international cinema.
Women's Movement 100: Angels of the North
Dancer and choreographer Freddie Garland joins forces with Professor Julie Gottlieb, Department of History, and Professor Claudia Mazza from the University’s INSIGNEO institute, to create a filmed performance about women’s suffrage, emancipation and health.
Great Latin American Women
Professor Lauren Rea’s work epitomises the spirit of Women’s History Month as she is pushing for a change to primary school education across Latin America. One of the most unequal regions of the world now has access to resources celebrating Latin American women.
Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean
The first textbook to comprehensively address women's lives in ancient Judaism and Christianity. Dr Meredith Warren, with her co-authors, offer explorations into topics such as women’s religion, including leadership, domestic ritual, women as readers and writers of scripture, and as innovators in their traditions.
The All Saints Anchoress?
The rare and unusual life of an anchoress, a woman who devoted her life to prayer while living in seclusion, has been unearthed by the University of Sheffield and Oxford Archaeology, thanks to a skeletal collection now held at the University.
David Livingstone podcast - Tunya Investigates! Episode 3 - Gender Inequality
In this podcast episode, Dr Kate Simpson discusses the women in David Livingstone’s life, including his wife Mary and his cook Halima. As well as some of the difficulties of researching women's history and what Kate is looking forward to about the new museum exhibition.
Women and folk music
Dr Fay Hield, with the University of Sheffield's Department of Music, discusses some of the most iconic women who collected folk music in the 18th and 19th centuries. Item starts 13:00 minutes.
Three poems about absence: a creative response to Women’s History Month - A J Moore
AJ Moore’s creative work comprises sequences of poems about domestic objects which aim to create an alternative archive through which the personal becomes an expression of the political including issues of female identity and absence within them.
Mrs Livingstone, I presume? Museum to feature crucial role of explorer’s wife
The cliché runs that behind every great man stands a great woman. In David Livingstone’s case, the reputation of his fearless wife, Mary Moffat, actually went before him. Dr Kate Simpson discusses the revamped gallery to reveal the importance – and presence – of Mary Moffat in missionary’s life and travels.