My C.V.

Dr Rae (Rachel) Ritchie

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+44 7837 529 760

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  • Publications

Jane Fonda: Was she the first celebrity humanitarian?, The Ethicalist, January 2018.

While you were sleeping: Get perfect post-party skin in three steps, The Ethicalist, January 2018.

15 apps that will (maybe) change your life, Betty, 15th January 2018.

Perfume: Scents of Style, Londnr, 12th January 2018.

London versus the UK: The real north/south divide, The Overtake, 8th January 2018.

‘Buy Less, Love More. How To Buy Vintage Jewellery’, The Ethicalist, December 2017.

‘Shiny Happy People And Oceans – Ethical Clutch Bags That Truly Sparkle’, The Ethicalist, December 2017.

‘It’s the small tasks that can help us to stay stable’, Mental Health Today, 22nd December 2017.

‘I want the #MeToo campaign to succeed but it is hard for my mental health to take’, Mental Health Today, 20th December 2017.



‘When I’m struggling I find it easier to connect with strangers’, Mental Health Today, 11th December 2017.

‘What to do with all the random stuff you feel nostalgic about’, Betty, 6th December 2017.

‘Why quitting alcohol was the best decision I ever made’,, 5th December 2017.

‘Everything you need to survive the bus to school’, Betty, 5th December 2017.

‘Give Kindness this Christmas: A Reminder That the Little Things Matter Most’,, 1st December 2017.

‘The Truth Behind Silk: Cruel Luxury for People and Planet’, The Ethicalist, November 2017.

‘The real reason why mock exams are actually useful’, Betty, 28th November 2017.

‘What’s The Oldest Thing In Your Wardrobe?’, Sophie Benson, 28th November 2017.

‘Maintaining a job is crucial to my dignity and identity’, Mental Health Today, 20th November 2017.

‘Christmas Gift Guide to Ethical Shopping #1 -What Ethical Bloggers Wish For’, That Butterfly Effect, 20th November 2017.

‘On bad days my bed functions like a prison that keeps me safe but frustrated’, Mental Health Today, 20th November 2017.

‘Perfume 101: What to buy and wear to apply’, Betty, 5th November 2017.

‘Go big and go eco… Sustainable shopping at every level in Dubai’, The Ethicalist, October 2017.

‘Clarity: why it’s so hard to give up drinking’, Club Soda, 12th October 2017.

‘Live like a queen even when you’re skint’, Betty, 4th October 2017.

‘How social media can help with your school work’, Betty, 2nd October 2017.

On 28th September 2017, I featured top of Ethical Consumer’s list of ten ethical bloggers.

‘Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown: a must read for enquiring minds’,, 22nd September 2017.

‘It’s not wrong to cry, it is human’, Mental Health Today, 18th September 2017.

‘A greener way of life – interview with Rae Ritchie’, That Butterfly Effect, 12th September 2017.

‘We can rationalise but social media still makes us dissatisfied with our lives’, Mental Health Today, 11th September 2017.

‘Beauty and the bathroom: five simple ways to be kinder to the planet and your pocket’, Tapered, 5th September 2017.

‘How Princess Diana’s love of costume jewellery continues today’, The Ethicalist, August 2017.

‘At last – the luxury ethical brands that deliver to your doorstep’, The Ethicalist, August 2017.

The story of Sarson’s’, Food To Love, August 2017.

‘Because it’s almost September and I haven’t mentioned autumn/winter clothing yet’,, 28th August 2017.

‘Mindful drinking: the new way to socialise’, Grazia, 22nd August 2017.

‘Introducing Larone Artisans: beautiful bags, traditional artisanship, ecologically sound materials and fair employment practices’,, 20th August 2017.

‘Five things to ticket off your bucket list before you’re eighteen’,, 19th August 2017.

‘And breathe….’, Mental Health Today, 17th August 2017.

‘#CharityTuesday: today’s second hand haul’,, 15th August 2017.

‘Is letting go of perfection the secret to happiness?’,, 10th August 2017.

‘Ten things you didn’t know about the Fiat 500’, Segmento, 10th August 2017.

‘How to not forget everything you learnt at school over the summer holidays’, Betty, 31st July 2017.

‘The five cool fashion buys you’ll want in your wardrobe every year’, Betty, 27th July 2017.

‘Botanical beauty, floral fashion and Instagram interiors: from English gardens to IKEA houseplants’, Londnr Magazine, 25th July 2017.

‘Greater openness doesn’t mean that you always have to share’, Mental Health Today, 24th July 2017.

‘How to integrate self-care into every day’,, 22nd July 2017.

‘Eco Essentials: Beach Day’, The Revival Collective, 11th July 2017.

Positive Clothing, Positive Outlook, Native, 27th June 2017

Borderline personality disorder is part of me but not all consuming, Mental Health Today, 26th June 2017

Sustainable Shopping for Summer Days: Four Beach Holiday Buys, Fashion ComPassion, 20th June 2017

When I’m having a bad day, everything feels overwhelming, Mental Health Today, 14th June 2017

Understanding Hoarding as a Mental Health Disorder,, 13th June 2017

‘One spare tube of toothpaste: five toiletry and makeup minimalist tips from a beauty writer’, Midlands Minimalist, 26th May 2017.

‘How do we maintain emotional stability in the face of tragedy?’, Mental Health Today, 24th May 2017.

‘Managing mental health: small things make all the difference’,, 19th May 2017.

‘Beneath the barnet: the cultural significance of hair’, Londnr, 19th May 2017.

‘Organic Beauty and Wellbeing Week: A two-step approach to becoming a more conscious beauty buyer’, The Revival Collective, 17th May 2017.

‘I’ve given myself permission to thrive not just survive’, Mental Health Today, 8th May 2017.

‘Three reasons why Sunday night is secretly the best night of the week’, Betty, 5th May 2017.

‘Who are today’s mental health heroes?’, Mental Health Today, 26th April 2017.

‘3 Easy Conscious Beauty Swaps’, The Revival Collective, 19th April 2017.

‘Last month I tried to kill myself’, in Sas Petherick ed., Voices Rising: A Collection of Essays, Poetry, Art and Prayers To Inspire Your Voice, 8th March 2017, pp. 81-83.

‘There’s more to a Sunday afternoon than a pub lunch: the lesson it took me a decade to learn’, Club Soda, 24th February 2017.

‘Wise Words #15: from Caroline Knapp to Gretchen Rubin’,, 15th February 2017.

‘Fair Fashion & How to Dress Ethically’, Londnr Magazine, 3rd February 2017.

‘740 days sober: 12 tips for a dry month and beyond’, Club Soda, 3rd February 2017.

‘Alexandra Shulman To Leave Vogue: The End Of An Era’, HuffPost Style, 25th January 2017.

‘Eight (actually) cool new hobbies to get stuck into in 2017 #NewYearSameYou’, Betty, 24th January 2017.

‘The True Cost Of Cashmere In Selfridges’ “Material World”’, HuffPost Style, 23rd January 2017.

‘Wise Words #12: from Sally Brampton to Oliver Burkeman’,, 18th January 2017.

‘Working around it: Finding time for mental health therapies when you have a job’, Mental Health Today, 6th January 2017.

‘Riding A Crimson Wave: Let’s Talk About Periods’, HuffPost Women, 4th January 2017.

‘Forget resolutions!  Here’s why you should pick a new year buzzword instead #NewYearSameYou’, Betty, 3rd January 2017.

‘I’m not Cinderella: Realising that mental health problems continue in the new year’, Mental Health Today, 16th December 2016.

‘Jane Fonda: Ageing and Activism’, The Mutton Club, 21st December 2016.

‘Can wanting to bin our pills be a sign of improved mental health?’, Mental Health Today, 28th November 2016.

‘‘I’m a Loving Family Man, Get Me Out of Here!’: Modern Masculinity in the Celebrity Jungle’, The Huffington Post blog, 23rd November 2016.

‘Behind Closed Doors: The Liberty Advent Calendar’, Londnr Magazine, 20th November 2016.

‘When the Therapist You Choose is not Right for You’,, 3rd November 2016.

‘Hanoi Jane, Hanoi Tom: The Intertwining of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden’, The Huffington Post blog, 1st November 2016.

‘Mental Health: A Waiting Game’, Mental Health Today, 12th October 2016.

‘Angelina Jolie: Motherhood Over Marriage’, The Huffington Post blog, 22nd September 2016.

‘My 3 Therapy Sessions Changed Everything’,, 15th September 2016.

‘Absolutely Fashion: Less About Vogue & More About the Lack of Value Accorded to Fashion’, The Huffington Post blog, 13th September 2016.

With Sue Hawkins, Nicola Phillips and Jay Kleinberg (eds.), Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production and Consumption (Routledge: London, 2016).

With Helen Glew, Jane Hamlett, Sinead McEneaney and Zoe Thomas, ‘Introduction: “Women as Wives and Workers: Marking Fifty Years of The Feminine Mystique” Special Issue’, History of Women in the Americas 3 (2015), 1-8.

With S. Jay Kleinberg, ‘Contrasting Trends in Women’s Employment in the Twentieth Century: Race, Gender, Class and The Feminine Mystique, History of Women in the Americas 3 (2015), 9-29.

‘From Kays of Worcester to Vogue, Paris: The Women’s Institute, Rural Life and Fashionable Dress in Post-war Britain’, in Charlotte Nicklas and Annebella Pollen (eds.), Dress History: New Directions in Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury: London, 2015).

‘Worlds within Kays: British Modernity and Representations of Place in the 1960s’, in Rachel Johnson and Barbara Mitra (eds.), Constructions of Gender and Identity through Kays Catalogue (1920-2000) (Cambridge Academic Publishing: Cambridge, 2015).

‘Young Women in Woman: Representations of youthful femininity in the “world’s greatest weekly for women”, 1954-1969’ in Maggie Andrews and Sallie McNamara (eds.), Women and the Media: Feminism and Femininity in Britain, 1900 to the Present (Routledge: London, 2014), pp. 143-155.

‘“Beauty isn’t all a matter of looking glamorous”: Attitudes to glamour and beauty in 1950s women’s magazines’, Women’s History Review 23:5 (2014), 723-743.

‘Seen and Heard’, WI Life, October 2013, 23.

‘Fergie at the Funeral’, Women’s History Network blog, 5th May 2013.

‘The Quakers of Hartshill’, the Friend, 20th September 2012, 10-11.

‘Reading Women’s History: Roundtable Discussion about Scholarship on Women’s History in the Americas,  Institute for the Study of the Americas, London, 4 November 2011’
History Workshop Journal 73 (2012), 359-361.

‘Sustainability at Svartbäcken’, the Friend, 9th September 2011, 10-11.

Review of Kathleen A Laughlin and Jacqueline L Castledine (eds.), Breaking the Wave – Women, Their Organizations, and Feminism, 1945 – 1985, European Review of History/Revue Européenne d’Histoire 19:2, 336-338.

Review of Mary Lynn Stewart, Dressing Modern Frenchwomen: Marketing Haute Couture, 1919 – 1939, European Review of History/Revue Européenne d’Histoire 18:2, 285-287.

Review of Lorna Gibson, Beyond Jerusalem: Music in the Women’s Institute, 1919 – 1969, Women’s History Network Magazine Autumn 2008.

Review of Donna Ulyatt, Rural Women and Work, Women’s History Review 16:5, 785 – 787.


  • Positions held

Honorary Research Fellow, Brunel University London, January 2011 – July 2016

Tutor, Warwickshire County Council Adult Learning Services, April 2014 – May 2016

Co-convenor of ‘Women in US History’ module for Iowa State University ‘Study Abroad’ programme, Spring/Summer 2013 and 2014

Research Assistant to Professor Jay Kleinberg, January 2011 – May 2016

Associate Editor, European Review of History / Revue européenne d’histoire, July 2006 – July 2016

Convenor, Gender and History in the Americas Seminar Series at the Institute for Historical Research, London, October 2012 – June 2016

Convenor of the Women in Magazines network, June 2012 – May 2016

Associate Editor, History of Women in the Americas, January 2011 – May 2016

Secretary, Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW), January 2011 – May 2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Manchester, 2006 – 2010

Support worker for deaf students, City College Manchester, 2005 -2006

Accounts assistant, Catering Alliance, 2003 – 2004


  • Education

Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring, University of Warwick, 2014 – 2015

PhD, University of Manchester, 2005 – 2010, ‘The housewife and the modern: the home and appearance in women’s magazines, 1954-1969’

MA Modern British History, Distinction, University of Manchester, 2004 – 2005

BA Hons History, 1st Class, University of Nottingham, 2000 – 2003

A’levels, King Edward College, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, 1998 – 2000

History A, Politics A, English Literature A, French B


  • Professional memberships and speaking engagements

Guest lecturer on fashion history, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, November 2011 and February 2016

Guest lecturer on women’s magazines, Kingston University, January 2015

Member of the European Society for Periodical Research, April 2014 – May 2016

Member of the Women’s History Network, September 2005 – May 2016

Speaker at the Nuneaton Historical Association, November 2015

Speaker at Purl Jam WI, March 2014

Speaker at Oxford Fashion Week, August 2013

Steering Group member, ‘Faith and Action: Quaker Aspects of World War One’ project, 2012 – 2015

Steering Group member, Brunel Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, 2011 – 2012


  • Other awards and prizes

Clare Evans National Academic Prize for Best New Essay in the Field of Women’s History/Gender and History, 2012

AHRC Doctoral Award, 2006 – 2009

AHRC Research Preparation Master’s Scheme award, 2004 – 2005

Faculty of Arts prize, University of Nottingham, 2002

AC Woods prize for History, University of Nottingham, 2002

The Arthur Gooder Memorial Award, Coventry Historical Association, 2000


  • Consultancy

Documentary on Joan Bakewell, BBC, April 2013

Proposed women’s history television programme linked to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Handle and Spout Production Company, July 2011

‘Grace Kelly – Style Icon’ exhibition at the V&A Museum, London, April – September 2010


  • Recent papers

‘“I wanted to give a cultural face to older women”: Jane Fonda and her project of ageing’, Lifecycles Seminar, Institute for Historical Research, London (UK), January 2016

‘The Four Sisters of ’72: New Women’s Magazines and their Editors in Britain during the early 1970s’, Backroom Business: The Production of Periodicals, European Society for Periodical Research conference, University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands), April 2014

‘“All things to some women most of the time”: but only if you’re white and middle-class: Gender, race and social class in Candida’, Gender, Race and Representation in Magazines and New Media conference, Cornell University (USA), October 2013

‘Young Women in Woman: Representations of youthful femininity in the “world’s greatest weekly for women”, 1954-1969’, Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production and Consumption conference, Kingston University, July 2012

‘From Catwalk Collections to Kay’s Catalogue: The Women’s Institute, Rural Life and Fashionable Dress in Post-war Britain’, Developments in Dress History conference, University of Brighton, December 2011

‘The Marrying Kind’ and ‘the Freedom-Lovers’: Women and 1960s socio-cultural change in Woman magazine’, Women’s History Network West Midlands, University of Worcester, November 2010

‘And he called us the ‘Hollywood Glamour Girls’: the body and beauty in 1950s women’s magazines’, ‘The Glamorous Woman’ workshop, ESRC ‘Women in the 1950s’ Seminar Series, University of Manchester, November 2009

‘“For with us, electricity is a ‘must’”: the home and lifestyle in 1950s women’s magazines’, Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Warwick, April 2009

‘“Turn to me” says Ursula Bloom: Advice in women’s magazines in the 1950s and 1960s’, ‘Advice to Mothers’ workshop, University of Warwick, April 2008


  • Experience of presenting research to non-academic audiences

NB I have also delivered a number of workshops, short courses and lectures as part of my roles as tutor for Warwickshire County Council Adult and Community Learning Services and as a guest lecturer at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.

‘British Women’s Magazines in the Twentieth Century’, workshop with The Be Curious Club, London, January 2017

‘Women’s Lives in the 1950s’ talk given to Purl Jam WI, Warwickshire, March 2014

‘Women’s Magazines: how they’re written and how we read them’ interactive session for Warwickshire County Council Adult Learning Services, December 2013

‘Reminisces of the 1950s housewives’ talk given to Townswomen’s Guild, Manchester, February 2007

‘Reminisces of 1950s housewives’ talk given to The Pleasant Tuesday Afternoons Group, Manchester, February 2007

‘British housewives in the 1950s’ talk given to the New Horizons Ladies Group, Manchester, June 2006


  • Events organised

‘Tiny Wardrobe on Tour’, the only European date of Courtney Carver’s travels with her tiny wardrobe, Friends House, April 2016

‘Gender and History in the Americas’, monthly seminar series at the Institute for Historical Research, London, October 2012 – June 2016

‘Ms/Representation: Mass Media and Feminisms in Historical Context’, University of Westminster, London, November 2014

‘Women as Wives and Workers: Marking Fifty Years of The Feminine Mystique’, Royal Holloway University of London, London, November 2013

‘In Conversation: Jay Kleinberg and Jessie Ramey on gender and social policy in the US, 1880-2000’, Institute for Historical Research, London, June 2013

‘Postgraduate and Early Career Scholar Research Training Workshop’, Royal Holloway University of London, May 2013

‘Does Queer History Have a Future’, lecture by Professor Laura Doan as part of the Brunel Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality events programme, February 2013

‘Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production, Consumption’ conference, Kingston University, July 2012

‘History of Women in the Americas’ conference, Brunel University, March 2012

Reading Women’s History: Roundtable Discussion about Scholarship on Women’s History in the Americas’ roundtable, Institute for the Study of the Americas, November 2012

‘History of Women in the Americas’ conference, Brunel University, July 2011

‘Women’s History: Where Next?’ roundtable, Brunel University, March 2011

‘Home, Nation and Empire: Readings of gender from the C18th to the present day’ conference, University of Manchester, July 2007

‘Sexuality, the Body and Gender’ conference, University of Manchester, June 2007

References available upon request