Women’s work in and for the education of women and girls has fascinated me since I trudged up the hill to my state girls’ grammar school. Here I met women teachers who fascinated and scared me in equal measure and girls whose lives have taken diverse paths. I heard stories about women with amazing achievements, women who had travelled in pursuit of an education, women who had devoted their lives to educating girls in far flung corners of the world, and I learned just how political education could be. But I also experienced this schooling in contradictory ways.
This is a working website that charts my ongoing journey exploring the historical activities of women and girls in and for education in England and overseas and as it relates to nation, empire and internationalism.
The website includes projects, publications, presentations, resources and collaborations, as well as stray musings as I blog. New material will be posted on the website and colleagues will be invited to contribute guest blogs.
Joyce Goodman is Professor of History of Education at the University of Winchester and a research associate at CERLIS (Centre de Recherché Sur Les Liens Sociaux). She has served as president of the History of Education Society UK, secretary of the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE), editor of the journal History of Education, and on the advisory board of the Albert Greenfield Digital Centre for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr College, USA.