“Modern Women Prefer Modess”: Gender and menstruation in World War II Australia

Rachel Harris explores the history of menstrual hygiene products, including their availability, variety, and use, in Australia during World War II. Historians have examined many of the privations experienced by Australian women during World War II. Something that has received less … Continue reading

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Recipe Exchange and Women’s Kinship Networks in Ascendancy Ireland

From the late seventeenth century, women of the elite classes in Ireland began to share culinary and medicinal information with loved ones across the country and, frequently, across the Irish Sea. Over the course of the Ascendancy period recipe sharing became … Continue reading

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Women, Puerperal Insanity and the Fremantle Lunatic Asylum

Alexandra Wallis examines the nineteenth-century use of “moral treatment” to enforce traditional gender roles on female patients suffering postnatal depression. This post is based on an article that appears in the 2020 issue of Lilith, available now on open access here. … Continue reading

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