Women in the Humanities

Women in the Humanities strives to consolidate its international reputation as a centre of excellence in Humanities research and in the advancement of gender equality. To achieve this, it adopts the following strategic aims:

— To create knowledge that develops new perspectives on gender equality. Oxford has the largest concentration of humanities researchers in the world, many of whom focus on women. Their collaboration can produce novel and workable solutions to advancing gender equality.

— To support the University in its promotion of gender equality, recognised by the Vice-Chancellor as a strategic aim for Oxford. 

— To collaborate with a variety of institutions and individuals to promote common aims and public engagement in Oxford and beyond. 

Women in the Humanities has two main sections; a research division and an advocacy and policy division. 

Research Division

Women in the Humanities is committed to supporting women researchers at all career stages and offers a number of awards to early career scholars, to established scholars and to visiting scholars. All awards are open to scholars in any of the Humanities subjects within the Division. Early career researchers are offered mentoring while established scholars are invited to offer expert workshops to graduate and postgraduate students. 

Women in the Humanities co-ordinates two specific interdisciplinary research strands:  one on women, work and social mobility, and one on women, citizenship and political reform. The Women, work and social mobility is led by Selina Todd. Ongoing work in this strand includes a project on women’s social mobility in modern Britain. Women, citizenship and political reform is led by Senia Paseta whose research focuses on women and global citizenship, feminism in the arts, and women and suffrage.

Policy and Advocacy Division

Women in the Humanities aims to initiate and to contribute to discussion and policy making which supports gender equality in the Humanities and beyond.
We do this by:
— Mentoring female early career and graduate scholars.
— Offering specialist lectures and workshops on identifying and overcoming barriers to gender equality.
— Hosting the university’s annual International Women’s Day debate which focusses on promoting gender equality in the University and beyond.
— Working with the Humanities Division and the University in its efforts to tackle gender inequality.