Charlotte Brontë

by Millie Pearson Born in 1816, Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet writing in the Victorian period. Charlotte and her two sisters Anne and Emily Brontë went on to produce novels that are now considered classic pieces of English literature.[1] Brontë’s writings successfully gave voice and authority to females in a profoundly patriarchal…

Advert for sanitary towels

An advertisement for sanitary towels

by Marina Afonso The advertisement below is marketed towards women, as people during the Victorian period were unaware of menstruation in other genders, and so the analysis of the advertisement solely contemplates the experiences of women falling under the modern definition of cisgender women (assigned women at birth and continuing to identify as women), as they…

Florence Nightingale: Did she really want fame?

by Katie Smithson   Florence Nightingale was born into a wealthy family on 12 May 1820. Although having received one of the best educations possible, Florence has been said to have been a typical “frustrated Victorian daughter.”[1] In 1837 Florence believed she had received a calling from God to continue his work. It was not…

Josephine Butler: The Forgotten Feminist

by Adam Millar Born in 1828, Josephine Butler (neé Grey) was a social reformer and a women’s activist during the Victorian period, best known for leading the campaign for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts, as well as campaigning for higher education for women.[1] From a young age Josephine was influenced by her father…