WHS Steering Committee

WHS is run by a Steering Committee, elected each year by the membership at the AGM. We meet on a regular basis. The Steering Committee co-ordinates all WHS activities, acting as a focal point for projects, conferences and publications.

Current Steering Committee members

Eleanor Gordon (Convenor) is currently an affiliate in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow where she was Professor of Gender and Social History from 2004.  She is a co-editor of Gender in Scottish History since 1700; co-author with Gwyneth Nair of Murder and morality in Victorian Britain: the story of Madeleine Smith (MUP, 2009) and Public lives: women, family and society in Victorian Britain (Yale University Press, 2003); and co-editor with Esther Breitenbach of The World is ill divided: women’s work in Scotland in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (EUP, 1990) and Out of Bounds: Women in Scottish Society 1800-1945 (EUP, 1992). She is currently co-authoring a monograph based on research arising from the ESRC funded project ‘A History of Working-Class Marriage in Scotland, 1855-1976

Lynn Abrams is Professor of Modern History at the University of Glasgow. Her primary research interests are in modern European and Scottish women’s and gender history and oral history. She is a co-editor of Gender in Scottish History since 1700 , author of The Making of Modern Woman: Europe 1789-1918 (Longman, 2002), Myth and Materiality in a Woman’s World: Shetland 1800-2000 (MUP, 2005) and Oral History Theory (Routledge, 2016, 2nd ed). She is currently researching women of the post-war transition generation, selfhood and liberation.

Linda Fleming completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2005. She is currently Research Associate on the AHRC funded project The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016. Her research interests include the cultural history of twentieth century Scotland, immigration and ethnicity in nineteenth and twentieth century Scotland and the uses of personal testimony in historical work. She is a contributor to the The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Scotland, 1867-1928: A Learning Resource.

Mairi Hamilton (Membership Co-ordinator) is a PhD student in the Centre for Gender History at the University of Glasgow. Her thesis examines narratives of women’s experiences of abuse within domestic settings in nineteenth-century Scotland. This research project is funded by the AHRC through the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH). She has a MSc in Gender History and a MA with First Class Honours in History from the University of Glasgow. Mairi first became a member of Women’s History Scotland in March 2018 and then joined the steering committee in November. In April 2018, Mairi was selected as a recipient of the inaugural Women’s History Scotland Research Bursary, which was used to fund her first conference paper. Her research interests include sexual violence, subjectivity and the self, the body, and gendered identities.

Louise Jackson is a Reader in Social History at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests centre on the relationship between gender, criminality, policing and regulation in modern Britain. Publications include Women Police: Gender, Welfare and Surveillance in the Twentieth Century (MUP, 2006),  (with Shani D’Cruze) Women, Crime and Justice in England Since 1660 (Palgrave, 2009) and (with Angela Bartie) Policing Youth: Britain 1945-70 (MUP, 2014).

Ann Kettle (Treasurer) in an honorary professor in the School of History, University of St Andrews where she taught and researched for forty years. She was one of the first to introduce a course on the history of women in a Scottish university and for 25 years taught an honours module on ‘Women in Mediaeval England’. Her main research interests lie in English social and economic history and she has published several articles on female domestic servants and prostitution in later medieval England. She has edited several volumes for the Staffordshire Record Society and contributed articles to several volumes of the Victoria History of the Counties of England. Various other activities have given her a research interest in the careers of modern female academics and earned her, in 2002, an OBE for services to higher education.

Helen MacDonald is the IT/Systems administrator at Glasgow Women’s Library. Having studied Physics before gaining an MSc in the History of Science, she joined GWL in 2005 (and combines both with a continued interest in the history of women and science). In 2010 she helped to develop the Women of Scotland project with Women’s History Scotland, building the website that now allows anyone in Scotland to record and map memorials to women (womenofscotland.org.uk). Following the public launch of the site in March 2012, she has continued to administer and promote the site through social and traditional media. She is interested in developing online resources and tools that open women’s history to a wider audience.

Rebecca Mason is an early modern historian, with expertise in Scottish gender, legal and social history. She is interested in the daily lives of ordinary Scottish women from the past, and is currently completing a book on women’s navigation of legal systems and property rights in early modern Scotland. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Glasgow (awarded 2020), and has held funded postdoctoral positions at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London (funded by the Economic History Society) and the University of Glasgow (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council). She is currently an Editorial Fellow at History Workshop Online and a Women’s History Network Early Career Fellow. She was elected an Early Career Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2020, and was awarded runner-up in the Royal Historical Society’s David Berry Prize in 2021 for the best published article in Scottish history. She is an Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, and a Fellow of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. 

Alison McCall gained her history degree as a mature student through the Open University. She completed her PhD, entitled “The Lass o’ Pairts: Social mobility for women through education in Scotland, 1850-1901” at the University of Dundee in 2014.  Her interest in Women’s History developed from an early interest in genealogy and local history. Alison is one of the admins of the Mapping Memorials to Women project  http://womenofscotland.org.uk/

Yvonne McFadden (Co-Vice-Convenor and social media) is a Teaching Associate in History at the University of Strathclyde who completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2016. Her thesis entitled, ‘Creating a Modern Home: Gender, Culture and Consumption in Post-War Suburban Glasgow, 1945-1975’ examined the relationship between housing, gender, social mobility and work. Other interests include oral history, material culture and post-war feminism.

Victoria McIntyre is a new addition to the Steering Committee after becoming a WHS member in 2018. Victoria graduated from the University of Queensland with a BA (Hons) in History in 2015 and with an MA in the Cultural History of Modern Europe from Utrecht University in 2017. Her Masters thesis entitled, “‘A Sad Tale of Domestic Life’: Identifying ‘Separate Spheres’ in Violent Crime By and Against Domestic Servants in Dundee, ca. 1860-1910”, focused on the private and public lives of domestic servants in Dundee, including their attempt to form a trade union in 1872. Victoria is currently adapting her thesis into a stage play and won a Playwrights’ Studio Scotland award in recognition of this in 2019. She currently works in administration at the University of Edinburgh and is a volunteer guide at Gladstone’s Land, a tenement museum in Edinburgh, run by the National Trust for Scotland.

Deborah Simonton is Associate Professor of British History, emerita, University of Southern Denmark, Visiting Professor, University of Turku, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Formerly she was Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Utah State University (2016). She has published widely on women’s work, gender and towns and girlhood, and has published A History of European Women’s Work  (1998) and Women in European Culture and Society and a companion sourcebook (2006, 2007). She leads the Network Gender in the European Town, which led to six edited volumes and is General Editor of The Routledge History Handbook on Gender and the Urban Experience (2017). Recently with Anne Montenach she was the Association of American Publishers Prose Award winner for The Cultural History of Work (6 vols, Bloomsbury, 2018). She is currently writing a final volume on Gender in the European Town to be published by Routledge later this year. She is also contributing to the Cultural History of Luxury and the Cambridge History of Urban Europe. Deborah is also Chair of the Essay Prize Committee.  

Perry Willson is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Dundee. Her research focuses mainly on women and gender in twentieth-century Italy, particularly the Fascist period. Her publications include The Clockwork Factory. Women and Work in Fascist Italy (Oxford University Press, 1993); Peasant Women and Politics in Fascist Italy: the Massaie Rurali (Routledge, 2002); (ed.) Gender, Family and Sexuality: the Private Sphere in Italy 1860-1945 (Palgrave, 2004); Women in Twentieth-Century Italy (Palgrave, 2010 and an Italian edition with Laterza Editori, 2011) and (ed.) La Mamma: Interrogating a National Stereotype (Palgrave, forthcoming 2018). She is a member of the Editorial Board of Modern Italy journal and was co-chair of the Gender and War track for the Seventeenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities (Hofstra University, New York, 2017).

Valerie Wright (Co-Vice-Convenor and website coordinator) is currently Research Associate on the Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘Building a Modern Scotland: The New Towns, c. 1947-2017’ and is based in History at the University of Glasgow, where she is also a member of the Centre for Gender History. Her current research interests focus on exploring the development, history and legacy of the new towns programme in Scotland.. Other research interests include housing, urban change, deindustrialisation, post-war childhood and play and women’s involvement in politics and associational culture in twentieth century Scotland. She is a contributor to the The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Scotland, 1867-1928: A Learning Resource