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Laura Noakes

Research student

Laura Noakes is affiliated with The Open University Law School.

You can email Laura Noakes directly; but for media enquiries please contact a member of The Open University's Media Relations team.


Laura Noakes is a PhD student at the Open University School of Law. She has a First Class Honours degree in Law, and has recently completed an MA in Historical Research at Birkbeck, University of London. 

Her area of interest is the relationship between the campaign for parliamentary votes for women, and early women lawyers in England and Wales. More specifically, she is looking at this relationship in the context of four women: Christabel Pankhurst, Helena Normanton, Eliza Orme & Chrystal MacMillan. 

She has extensive writing experience, having written for The Olive Fox and Kettle Magazine. She has also volunteered as a History Researcher for Unarchived, a startup company that delivers digital history tours for London. 

She has an academic blog, The Portia Post, which started as a means of communicating her PhD research. This blog chronicles her PhD journey, and examines connections between the fight for parliamentary representation and the fight to be a legal representative for another in a court of law. It also features posts on her larger academic interests–that being women’s rights in early 20th century Britain.

Current research

Inspirational Lawyers: The Fight for Women’s Votes and the Role of Early Female Lawyers in the UK