A Feminist Success Story

by Sara Read   Back when the study of early modern women’s writing was in its infancy, four academics near the start of their careers decided to produce an anthology of women’s writing to help make rare works more accessible and teachable. Elspeth Graham, Hilary Hinds, Elaine Hobby and Helen Wilcox all chose 3 women…

Mrs Jane Sharp: a pioneering midwife discovered

by Jenna Townend   Mrs Jane Sharp. The name is innocuous enough, but this seventeenth-century midwife was undeniably a pioneer of women’s involvement in the dissemination of printed textual knowledge concerning obstetrics and the practice of midwifery in the seventeenth century. Until the publication of her text, The Midwives Book: or The Whole Art of…