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Lecture to mark International Women’s Day: Oh Bondage Up Yours! A history of feminism by Dr Hannah Dawson

Dr Hannah Dawson, King’s College London

Date/Time: Thursday 9 March 2023, 5.30pm

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

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To mark International Women’s Day 2023, this lecture will take you on a whistle-stop tour From Christine de Pisan’s City of Ladies in 1405, to the feminist utopias of today, through key ideas in the history of the fight against the oppression of women: the struggle to be seen as rational human beings, the yearning for education, the value of women’s work, and how to solve the problem of violence against women. Through glittering thinkers including Mary Wollstonecraft, Sojourner Truth, Virginia Woolf, and Angela Davis, you will learn about a movement that is as riven by division between women, as it is united against patriarchy. The lecture marks the paperback publication of The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing, a global, intersectional treasure trove of feminist masterpieces, edited by Hannah Dawson.


Hannah Dawson is a historian of ideas at King’s College London, and a regular contributor to television, radio and public events. She has written books on Locke and Hobbes, and is now writing about women’s words and the history of feminism. She is the 2023 Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Intellectual History at Newcastle.