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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Isabel Peron

On 29 June 1974 Isabel Peron became the first woman president of Argentina and the first woman president of any nation www.localhistories.org/womenrulers.html 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

George Orwell

My favourite author George Orwell was born on 25 June 1903. I don't normally like fiction but I love his novel 1984. www.localhistories.org/orwell.html 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Crime in World War II

Between 1939 and 1945 crime in Britain rose by more than 50%. The blackout (restrictions on showing lights) made crime easier. The sound of bombing disguised the sound of 
blowing safes or smashing windows to break into buildings. There were also, of course plenty or rich pickings from bombed houses. And you could steal things like rings from the  bodies of people killed by German bombing. www.localhistories.org/secondlife.html

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

St Pauls Cathedral

On 21 June the foundation stone of St Pauls Cathedral was laid. Wage accounts show that some of the carpenters who worked on it were women. (They were given the title 'widow'). It was common for women married to craftsmen to learn his trade and carry it on if he died. www.localhistories.org/london.html

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Women's work in the Middle Ages

I found an interesting video about women's work in the Middle Ages. Its a myth that women did not work in the past. They did all sorts of jobs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLxv8gcvH78

Monday, 12 June 2017

Women's Olympic Games

I knew Ancient Greek women were not allowed to participate in the Olympic Games but I didn't realise until today they had their own games, dedicated to the goddess Hera. https://www.penn.museum/sites/olympics/olympicsexism.shtml

Myths About Women's History

I wrote a new article - myths about women's history www.localhistories.org/womenmyths.html 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Salem

On 10 June 1692 the first people were hanged in the Salem witch trials in North America. Both men and women were hanged. (Hanging was the normal method of execution for 'witches' both male and female in England and her North American colonies). www.localhistories.org/salem 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Equal Pay Act

On 10 June 1963 President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act making it illegal to pay men and women different amounts for doing the same work. www.localhistories.org/womensrightstimeus.html 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Women's working hours

On 8 June 1847 the British parliament voted to ban women and children from working more than 10 hours in textile factories, to protect them from exploitation. In 1867 the law was extended to all factories. In 1878 a law forbade women in factories from working more than 56 hours a week. www.localhistories.org/womensjobs.html

George Orwell

On 8 June 1949 one of the world's greatest books was published. 1984 by George Orwell. www.localhistories.org/orwell

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Shopping Trolleys

Shopping carts were introduced on 4 June 1937. They were invented by a man named Sylvan Goldman. www.localhistories.org/shopping.html 

Emily Davison

On 4 June 1913 suffragette Emily Davison ran onto a race track and was hit by a horse. She died on 8 June. Fortunately the horse was not badly injured. Nor was the jockey. Queen Mary (wife of King George V) wrote to the jockey and told him she hoped he was not too badly injured by the 'abominable conduct of a brutal, lunatic woman'.