Helen McCarthy

A drunkard stands before his poor family and swears by the Holy Bible. Wood-engraving by J. Johnston, c. 1864, after G. Cruikshank. Wellcome Collection.

A richly textured portrait of the living standards of women and children in Victorian Britain.

Women workers at Crossley’s factory, Halifax, West Yorkshire, 1959 © Mirrorpix/Getty Images.

A momentous change in the status of women began in the 1950s.

Protesting for peace: US delegates, including Jane Addams (second from left, front), travel to the Congress.

A century ago, the Women’s Congress met with the aim of revolutionising a ravaged political landscape.

The Foreign Office was long a bastion of male chauvinism. Only during the Second World War did women diplomats begin to make their mark.