The Centre for Gender Studies in Wales
invites you to:


Dr. Sian Rhiannon Williams
‘“Delicate” and “troublous” questions: women teachers, gender issues and local education politics in south Wales, 1908-1928’

Wednesday 8 March (for International Women’s Day) at 6.00-9.00pm,

Ty Crawshay, Treforest Campus, University of South Wales

The lecture will take place in the Moot Court, TC13, at 6pm to be followed by a wine reception and buffet in TC30 (the Zobole Room) and the university museum’s art gallery space, Oriel y Bont, from 7.15pm.

Set against the background of the emergence of the feminist National Federation / Union of Women Teachers and the growing dominance of the labour movement in local politics, the lecture focuses on events in Aberdare and Rhondda before and after the First World War. Here, debates over the marriage bar, equal pay and other gender issues fuelled the activism of women teachers and inspired unity, but also exposed divisions and tested loyalties, thus creating tensions which reverberated more widely.

Dr. Sian Rhiannon Williams has published several articles and chapters on aspects of women’s history in Wales since she contributed to Our Mothers’ Land edited by Angela V. John (UWP, 1991). She is particularly interested in industrial south Wales and co-edited Struggle or Starve: Women’s lives in the south Wales valleys between the two World Wars (Honno Press, 1998) with Carol White. Her other work has focused on the social history of the Welsh language and on education. The majority of her career has been spent working with trainee history teachers and research students at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is joint editor of the Gender Studies in Wales Series (UWP), Welsh medium editor of Llafur and a member of Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive of Wales.

The Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture is held each year on or close to March 8, International Women’s Day, in memory of Dr Ursula Masson (1945-2008), the much loved and highly esteemed Lecturer in History at the University of Glamorgan. Ursula was instrumental in founding Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive of Wales and its Roadshows. For more information about the lecture series, and the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales please visit our website.

The Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture series is organised with the support of Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive of Wales and NewLaw Solicitors.

This lecture is free and open to all, but tickets are limited. Please RSVP to Dr Ruth Gaffney-Rhys to reserve your ticket:

We look forward to seeing you there,

Professor Diana Wallace and Dr Ruth Gaffney-Rhys
Co-Directors, The Centre for Gender Studies in Wales

University of South Wales
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