The Project Team

A drawing of Dr Victoria Bazin by Kate Taylor
Dr Victoria Bazin
by Kate Taylor

Dr Victoria Bazin

(Principal Investigator on Liberating Histories) Northumbria University

For much of my career my research has focused on the work of Marianne Moore, an American modernist poet who also had a passion for magazines. In fact, she was the editor of The Dial magazine between 1925 and 1929 and it was through her work as an editor that I started to become interested in periodical culture.

I’ve published two monographs, Marianne Moore and the Cultures of Modernity (2010) and Modernism Edited: Marianne Moore and the Dial Magazine (2019) as well as several articles on feminist periodicals in the UK.

I also founded the Network of American Periodical Studies in 2015 with Sue Currell and I’m one of the founding members of the Gendered Subjects Research group based at Northumbria University. In 2016, Mel Waters and I co-edited a special issue of Women: A Cultural Review called ‘Mediated and Mediating Feminisms: Periodical Culture from Suffrage to Second Wave’.

First Encounters with a Feminist Magazine:
1973 – Ms. Magazine

A drawing of Dr Melanie Waters by Kate Taylor
Dr Melanie Waters
by Kate Taylor

Dr Melanie Waters

(Co-Investigator on Liberating Histories) Northumbria University

Reading, discussing and writing about feminist periodicals has been one of the most enjoyable parts of my career to date. It’s always a privilege to look back over these magazines and encounter – first-hand and in context – versions of debates about women and inequality that we are still having today. My interest in feminism unites all of my research and publications. I am the author, with Rebecca Munford, of Feminism and Popular Culture: Investigating the Postfeminist Mystique (New York: Rutgers University Press, 2014), the editor of Women on Screen: Feminism and Femininity in Visual Culture (London: Palgrave, 2011) and the co-editor of Poetry and Autobiography (London: Routledge, 2011). Victoria Bazin and I are also the co-editors of Feminist Periodical Culture: From Suffrage to Second Wave, a special issue of Women: A Cultural Review (2017). I have published articles and chapters on a range of periodicals, including Spare Rib, Ms. and Just Seventeen, as well as twentieth-century women’s writing, contemporary television and the gothic.

First encounter with a Feminist periodical: BUST and Bitch

A drawing of Dr Kaitlynn Mendes by Kate Taylor
Dr Kaitlyn Mendes
by Kate Taylor

Dr Kaitlynn Mendes

(Co-Investigator on Liberating Histories) University of Western Ontario, Canada

For most of my career, I have held a deep interest in the relationship between feminism, activism, and media. This includes the ways feminism has been represented in the news to how feminists have used social media and digital technologies in their activism. This means I have studied both how the mainstream media represents feminists and their issues (not always very positively) and how they have taken creative control over their representations and have made real changes through their work. I have written over fifty publications on these topics, including three monographs and two edited collections, studying movements like #MeToo, SlutWalk, and feminist campaigns like Everyday Sexism.

As a history minor, I was always struck by the lack of education I received about women – and feminism – and I love that this project helps bring feminist activism to life for a new generation.

First Encounters with a Feminist Magazine: 2002 – Ms. Magazine

A drawing of Dr Eleanor Careless by Kate Taylor
Dr Eleanor Careless
by Kate Taylor

Dr Eleanor Careless

(Research Fellow on Liberating Histories) Northumbria University

Since completing my PhD on the late modernist poetry of Anna Mendelssohn, I have pursued my fascination with ecosystems of small magazines and activist publishing networks which facilitate experimental feminist writing such as Mendelssohn’s. Mendelssohn was one of the editors of the women’s issue of Frendz, a pioneering example of women-led activist publishing in the early 1970s that, according to some accounts, inspired the founding of Spare Rib magazine.

This connection led me to my involvement as a Research Fellow for the Leverhulme-funded project The Business of Women’s Words: Purpose and Profit in Feminist Publishing (BOWW) based at the University of Sussex and partnered with the British Library, with a focus on Spare Rib and the feminist publishing house Virago. In this role, I led the completion of the Spare Rib map, the first digital map of the Women’s Liberation Movement and published a short history of Feminist Book Fortnight, a pathfinding feminist book trade promotion of the 1980s. Before joining ‘Liberating Histories’, I spent three months at the British School of Rome researching the transnational connections between Italian and British feminist magazines of the 1970s-80s.

First Encounters with a Feminist Magazine: 2010 – Spare Rib magazine

Portraits of the project team, courtesy of Kate Taylor. 

We discovered Kate’s wonderful work in the pages of Spare Rib and Trouble and Strife and would like to extend our thanks to her for her generous support of the project. 

See Kate’s website for details of her work: