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ePortfolio of Beckie Rutherford

Research Overview

My research is co-supervised by Dr Laura Schwartz and Dr Claire Shaw and is kindly funded through a departmental scholarship. My project is provisionally entitled ‘Apart or A Part’? Understanding the Agency and Erasure of Disabled Women Within the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain, c. 1970-1993.’ I examine the stories of British women who identified as both disabled and feminist, with the aim of bringing to light their involvement in both the disability rights and feminist movements in Britain. Drawing extensively on print culture and oral testimony my work will challenge the exclusion and erasure of these women from both the popular and academic narratives of mainstream feminism.

Research Interests

  • Disability history
  • Women’s history and feminism
  • Class, gender and sexuality in twentieth century Britain
  • Histories of activism and liberation movements
  • Histories of the body

Methodological approaches

  • History of emotions
  • Oral history

Academic Background

2018-2022 University of Warwick, PhD History

2017-2018 University of Warwick, MA Modern History

2013-2016 University of Oxford, BA History

Conference Papers

June 2018 ‘‘Apart or A Part’? Disabled women, Sisterhood, and the Women’s Liberation Movement in Britain, 1979-1992’, Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, University of Exeter.

May 2018 ‘Emotional Politics and the Women’s Social and Political Union, 1903-1917’, Department of History Postgraduate Conference, University of Warwick.

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