8th March is International Women’s Day, so a great reason to promote some of the online resources you can use to discover information about inspirational women, not just in art and design, but across other subjects. As London Met students you have access to a whole host of online resources from other subjects taught at the university that you may find useful in your research, as well as open access resources.
We have mentioned VADS before in our blog posts – a great source for images from over 300 art and design collection in the U.K. collections, free to use for education. One of the collections is the Women’s Library, and includes the Suffrage Collection.
Fashion History Timeline is a great open access resource for Fashion & Textiles, and on it you can find some information about Ann Lowe, who was a black American designer, born in 1898, and pretty much erased from textile history. Her grandmother was an enslaved dressmaker, and Ann herself faced segregation, despite designing Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress. Art Full text also has a few articles (London Met login required) that mention her.
Hannah Höch was one of the few female members of the Dada movement in the early 20th century and forerunner of collage and photomontage. You can find some images of her work in Bridgeman Education (London Met login required), and images and articles in JSTOR (London Met login required).
With the controversial new statue by Maggie Hambling being unveiled last year, Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of feminism, has been the centre of a social media storm. To find out more about her and her work, you can find ‘The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft’ through Cambridge Companions database. The statue is in Newington Green, so if you’re in North London you can see it for yourself.
Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake led the campaign to secure women access to a University education when she and six other women, collectively known as the Edinburgh Seven, began studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1869. She was the first practicing female doctor in Scotland, and one of the first in the wider U.K; a leading campaigner for medical education for women and was involved in founding two medical schools for women, in London and Edinburgh at a time when no other medical schools were training women. You can find a biography of her in Credo Reference.
If you need help using any of the resources, please get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian.
Mary Wollstonecraft statue by Maggie Hambling, photo © Chris H-H
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