Arianne Chernock

Arianne Chernock

Arianne Chernock’s research focuses on modern British and European history, with an emphasis on gender, culture, politics, and the monarchy. Her first book, Men and the Making of Modern British Feminism (Stanford University Press, 2010), examined the forgotten but foundational contributions of men to the creation of the “rights of women” in Enlightenment Britain. Articles based on this project appeared in the Journal of British Studies, Enlightenment and Dissent, and the edited collection Women, Gender and Enlightenment (Palgrave, 2005). Her second book, The Right to Rule and the Rights of Women: Queen Victoria and the Women’s Movement, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2019. In her capacity as a historian of monarchy, Chernock has published numerous opinion pieces and editorials, and provides frequent commentary to a range of print, radio and television outlets. She is a regular contributor to WBUR’s Cognoscenti.

Queen Elizabeth II departs Stanford University during her West Coast tour of the United States accompanied by Prince Philip on March 3, 1983 in Palo Alto, California. (George Rose/Getty Images)

American women looked to Elizabeth II as inspiration in 1953 — that sentiment never faded

By: - September 10, 2022

In the spring of 1953, women from across the United States traveled to Britain — for many, it was their first time abroad. The impetus for the trip was Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, held in Westminster Abbey on a rainy June 2 of that year. Among those making the journey were Peggy Webber, who traveled all […]