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[24 MAR 99] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE
New Book Will Reveal 'Hidden History' Of Coventry Women

The hidden history of Coventry women will be revealed in a book being produced following research conducted by members of Coventry University's 'Learning in Later Life Initiative'.

The idea for the book came about following a short course called 'The Women of Coventry', run by Cathy Hunt of the University's Educational Development Unit.

Cathy takes up the story:

"I ran a course looking at the contribution that women had made to the City, and how this contribution has passed unrecognised and has become 'hidden history'.

"The course was so popular, and the participants so enthusiastic to find out more, that at the end of the course the 12-strong Women's Research Group was founded, with the aim of producing a book documenting and celebrating the achievements of the women of Coventry in the 20th century", adds Cathy.

Cathy is keen that the book be seen not as focussing on well-known Coventry women, although some of these will be included, but primarily as looking at the contribution and experiences of ordinary women in Coventry.

"The book will include sections looking at women in education, the arts, the experience of bringing up children during the Blitz, and the experiences of women who, like many, migrated to Coventry and made the City their home", said Cathy.

"It will also cover the experiences and contributions of Coventry women such as Alice Arnold, Coventry's first woman Lord Mayor, and Lily Stevenson, the first woman to be granted the Freedom of the City", concludes Cathy.

It is hoped that the book will be published in early autumn.

MORE INFORMATION:
Cyrrhian Macrae or Floyd Jebson  01203 838352

 

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