Accessibility statement

Charlotte Oakes
PhD student



I completed my BA in German and History at the University of Warwick in 2022. I then furthered my academic studies at the University of St Andrews where I graduated in 2023 with an MA in Modern History. Upon graduating, I was awarded the Stephen W Bonarjee Bequest Prize for attaining the highest grade on the 2023 Modern History MLitt program.

Following completion of my master’s degree, I presented my thesis at the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network, 30th Annual Conference on 30th September 2023. My paper was titled: ‘Chernobyl: a reference point in a study of East German ecofeminism 1968-1989’.

In September 2023, I also began my PhD at the Centre for Women’s Studies. Having been awarded funding from the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, I am currently researching the global history of second-wave West German feminism.



My PhD is titled: ‘Transnational ties and cross-continental connections: the West German feminist movement in global perspective (1968-1989)’.

The project aims to examine how active West German feminists were in establishing,
encouraging and contributing to transnational feminist networks. The study hopes to provide an expansive, detailed account of the Neue Frauenbewegung (West German feminist movement) written from a global perspective.

Contact details

Charlotte Oakes
PhD student
Centre for Women's Studies
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD