Women, Peace and Welfare: Ann Oakley delivers the third 2018 Coleridge Lecture, looking at some of the many women who helped lay the foundations of modern welfare states.

Ann Oakley

This blog provides links to background material related to this event, which takes place on 17 April 2018.

Reviews for Women, Peace and Welfare

Frank Field MP:

Few books can boast of the right author meeting the right subject. Here is a glorious exception, which is part of Oakley’s life work of refocusing the lens so that the role of women in establishing the welfare state is fully and justifiably recorded

Tessa Blackstone, Labour life peer:

Brilliantly uncovers the extraordinary contributions to social reform and to campaigning for peace by women mostly forgotten by history. Many of these challenges to convention are still relevant today.

Jean Corston, former MP for Bristol East:

History books usually tell us that the world was made by men. Ann Oakley, with her dedication to social research, has shone a light into the lives of women who helped make the world.

Reviews for Father and Daughter

THES: Father and Daughter: Patriarchy, Gender and Social Science, by Ann Oakley – E Stina Lyon 23 October 2014

On one level this is a brilliantly told English middle-class story about post-war Britain, and our knowledge of its main two characters is strangely irrelevant… It is about political and academic institutions, where men engage in serious theorising and career building and women provide the enabling context as marginal vessels for solving daily practical needs. Now and then, when structural rifts expose societal fault-lines, a new generation of rebellious youth commit intellectual parricide against the values that were ideologically (as well as literally) set in stone by men of “excellence”. As in all good stories, there is both profound insight and revelatory gossip here for those who can remember the times and angrily see them repeating themselves.

The Guardian: Father and Daughter review – Ann Oakley on Richard Titmuss – Melissa Benn 10 November 2014

Oakley has a fascinating chapter on her own career, which has been highly successful in bald terms but is studded with the usual discriminations, and she ends with a long, hard, pessimistic look at the position of women in academia today.

The Sociological Imagination: Book Review: Ann Oakley’s Father and Daughter – Patriarchy, Gender and Social Science – Sadia Habib 6 January 2015

She recounts how during the early years at the Department, her father brought home stories of ‘difficult women’ such as Younghusband, Lewis, McDougall and Towle. Retrospectively, of course that’s just gendered language at play. Had they been men, they may have been described as assertive or powerful.

Listen Again: Ann Oakley at the Festival of Ideas in 2014/

Ann Oakley draws on her own life and that of her father, Richard Titmuss, a well-known policy analyst and defender of the welfare state, to offer an absorbing view of the connections between private lives and public work. She provides a compelling narrative about gender, patriarchy, methodology, and the politics of memory and identity.

Read a review of this event on Bristol Women’s Voice.