Papers of Esther Hodge

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 7EHO
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      0.25 A box (uncatalogued)

Scope and Content

The archive consists of: correspondence between Esther Hodge and Michael Turnbull on the subject of writing, creativity, feminism, sexual politics in the media and the church.

Administrative / Biographical History

Esther Hodge was born on 17 Jan 1908. She was educated at Bedford High School, was an undergraduate at St Hilda's College, Oxford and took her doctorate at the University of Manchester. She taught history in secondary schools for girls, including a year in Australia. For twenty years she edited an international quarterly journal 'Women Speaking'. She was Committee Member of the Six Point Group. She became Honorary Secretary (1966-1968) and then President (1968-1947) of the Open Door International for the Economic Emancipation of the Woman Worker. Esther died on 30 Dec 1994.


Original order has been maintained.

Access Information

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Hilary Friend, widow of Michael Turnbull in 2006.

Other Finding Aids

The Women's Library catalogue

Related Material

The Women's Library also holds the records of Open Door International (Ref: 5ODI); file of correspondence and papers of Esther Hodge as acting chair of Six Point Group (ref: 5SPG/C/31); Esther Hodge in group portrait of members of the Associated Country Women of the World taken at a meeting in Budapest (ref TWL.2004.254). The Women's Library Printed Collections holds publications by Esther Hodge.

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