Heaton Manor Comprehensive School, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7HL, United Kingdom
Selina was educated at Heaton Manor Comprehensive School.
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
Selina studied at the University of Warwick.
University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH, United Kingdom
Selina studied at the University of Sussex.
(This fascinating account of young women's lives challenge...)
This fascinating account of young women's lives challenges existing assumptions about working-class life and womanhood in England between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the 1950s. While contemporaries commonly portrayed young women as pleasure-loving leisure consumers, this book argues that the world of work was in fact central to their life experiences.
(In 1910 three-quarters of the population were working cla...)
In 1910 three-quarters of the population were working class, but their story has been ignored until now. Based on the first-person accounts of servants, factory workers, miners and housewives, award-winning historian Selina Todd reveals an unexpected Britain where cinema audiences shook their fists at footage of Winston Churchill, communities supported strikers, and where pools winners (like Viv Nicholson) refused to become respectable.
(Written by a nineteen-year-old bus driver’s daughter from...)
Written by a nineteen-year-old bus driver’s daughter from Salford, the play would blow Britain open and expose a deeply polarised society. It would also make its young author a star. As Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was telling people they had ‘never had it so good’, A Taste of Honey illuminated the lives of the millions left to languish in Britain’s slums.
Selina was educated at Heaton Manor Comprehensive School and the Universities of Warwick and Sussex.
Selina Todd is currently a professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the history of the working-class, women and feminism in modern Britain. Her first book, Young Women, Work, and Family in England, 1918-1950, is about young working-class women’s lives at a time of enormous social upheaval.
Todd's second book, The People: the Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010, was published by John Murray in 2014 and was a Sunday Times bestseller. Based on the voices of working-class people themselves, it charted the history of ordinary workers, housewives, children and pensioners over the turbulent twentieth century. The history she writes is one of anger and defiance, but ultimately of hope for a better future - one that we can build by knowing more about our past. Her most recent book, Tastes of Honey, a biography of playwright Shelagh Delaney, was published by Chatto and Windus in August 2019. It reflects on the importance of working-class women to the development of feminism.
(This fascinating account of young women's lives challenge...)2005
(Written by a nineteen-year-old bus driver’s daughter from...)2019
(In 1910 three-quarters of the population were working cla...)2014
Selina is a gender-critical feminist which means that she believes that sex and gender are different and that boys and girls should be able to do exactly what they want to do and do not have an innate gendered identity, based on her historical research which shows that as expectations of boys’ and girls’ behaviours change, so do their actions and ambitions. Her research leads her to believe that women are and have been treated as different and inferior to men on the basis of their biological sex and potential and actual role as mothers. As such, sex needs to be taken very seriously in understanding the discrimination women face. Todd also believes in the right to evidence-based debate about women’s rights.
Todd is the President of the Socialist Educational Association.