Who we are

Anne Welsh

Becky Ridgewell
Becky is an activist, writer and researcher who currently teaches in the community. She’s involved in WHM because as a girl she would have loved to have learnt about pioneering free spirited women. She’s particularly keen to highlight how much women have had to fight to get the few rights we currently have and to celebrate the role working class women have played in gaining these rights. Becky has previously worked on projects for CND and the Howard League for Penal Reform and undertook extensive research on Immigration and Citizenship Policy as part of an MRes.

Chitra Nagarajan
Chitra has worked in China, the UK, the USA and countries in West Africa to promote and protect the human rights of women. She works to support women activists in promoting and protecting the human rights of women in countries affected by violent conflict, as well as fitting in as much activism as possible. She is on the organising committee of Go Feminist, the management committee of Southall Black Sisters and is a founding member of Black Feminists. She hopes WHM will remedy the absence of women’s contributions to society in our history books, schools and universities, in our newspapers, radio shows and TV screens and in public debate. She is particularly keen to highlight and start discussion of the vital role black women have played and continue to have in our world.

Jessica Metheringham-Owlett
Jessica is currently a public servant.  She’s torn between pursuing a career in charity management (sounds at least slightly glamorous) or local government (much more practical).  She holds management and trustee positions in Quaker youth charity YFGM, and is running a weekend conference on faith and politics in summer 2012.  Other recent projects include Women Speak Out, a booklet produced in 2010 about women’s experiences across England.  In 2010 she completed an MSc dissertation on women and political ideology, and she previously worked as a parliamentary researcher.  She’s involved in WHM simply because she thinks that women’s history matters.


Kathleen Bright
Kathleen is a life-affirming and enthusiastic activist, committed to living sustainably and joyfully! She’s involved with WHM because she’s really excited about making space for silenced voices. She’s keen to find out about our stories and for other people to hear us. More about Kathleen.

Laila Namdarkhan

Lynne Keys
Lynne grew up in Australia, wanting to be an archaeologist from age of 6. She was inspired even more after reading – and cutting out to keep – an article about Kathleen Kenyon and her recent excavations at Jericho (a good example of how information on women’s achievements can influence young girls to aim higher). She was seen as crazy during childhood and teens for wanting to be an archaeologist and, with a father who thought education for women was a waste of time, she wasn’t able to go to university after finishing my exams. Lynne joined the navy to escape home then came to England four years later (1971). In 1975 she started doing UK A-levels for university entry and then got a grant to study archaeology. She has worked ever since as an archaeologist – and is now a finds’ specialist which she still does even though semi-retired because there is a demand for what she does. Lynne was recommended Betty Friedan’s book in 1970 – a bombshell that changed her life. She went on the first Women’s Liberation march in March 1971 and then joined a local WL group; was invited to join the first UK Radical Feminist group in late 1971; part-time volunteer in the WL Workshop office for several years in early-mid 1970s. Since then she has been active on and off in various feminist groups and as volunteer for a few years on Lesbian Line. Lynne’s motto for girls and women is ‘never give up on your dreams and never give up trying!’

Shannon Harvey
Shannon works for a women’s sector charity, supporting practitioners who work with women and girls experiencing problematic substance use and domestic and sexual violence. She is on the Go Feminist organising committee and is a member of Justice for Women. Being of the first generation of women in her family to finish high school, let alone go to university, she feels that WHM is a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the women who fought so hard for the freedoms she enjoys today, and to get inspired to fight for the freedoms we’ve yet to win.