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
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
"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
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