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As part of the Interrogating Development Series, the Department of International Development is hosting a seminar on 'She Who Struggles: Revolutionary Women Who Shaped the World', a book by Marral Shamshiri and Sorcha Thomson.
Rosa Luxemburg, Claudia Jones, and Leila Khaled may have joined Lenin, Mao, and Che in the pantheon of twentieth-century revolutionaries, but the histories in which they figure remain unjustly dominated by men. She Who Struggles sets the record straight, revealing how women have contributed to revolutionary movements across the world in endless ways: as leaders, rebels, trailblazers, guerrillas, and writers; revolutionaries who also navigated their gendered roles as women, mothers, wives, and daughters.
Through exclusive interviews and original historical research, including primary sources never before translated into English, readers are introduced to largely unknown revolutionary women from across the globe. The collection ultimately presents a hidden history of revolutionary internationalism that will be a must-read for activists engaging in feminist, anti-colonial, and antiracist struggle today.
About the speakers
Marral Shamshiri-Fard is a PhD candidate in International History at the London School of Economics. Her work explores the intersections of the Cold War and anti-colonial revolutionary movements in Iran and Oman during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Marral is a member of the department’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) committee and represents International History research students on the Research Students Consultative Forum. She is also an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (Advance HE). Marral holds an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, and a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath.
Sorcha Thomson is a historian and an associate research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. She is co-editor of the book Palestine in the World and an editor of the History Workshop magazine. Sorcha holds a History degree from the University of Bristol, after which she completed a six-month media internship with Amnesty International Israel. She has written articles for The Sunday Times, Sahara Reporters, and The Bolivian Express.