Voluntary women’s organisations and the women’s movement 1950–64
Domesticity, modernity and women’srights:
voluntary women’s organisations and
the women’s movement 1950–64
What is a wife? A woman who sets jam to jell, children to rights and her
hair for a Saturday night out … why does she do it? Because somebody
thinks she’s wonderful-and she wants to go on keeping it that way.
(Woman, 27 April 1963)
The image of the ‘ideal woman’ flashed on all sides of Magazines …
is of a pretty creature whose highest function is to pamper her skin
and create the ‘house beautiful’ … the assumption [is] that the frilly
This book explores the contribution that five conservative, voluntary and popular women’s organisations made to women’s lives and to the campaign for women’s rights throughout the period 1928 to 1964. The five groups included in this study are: the Mothers’ Union, the Catholic Women’s League, the National Council of Women, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and the National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds. The book challenges existing histories of the women’s movement that suggest the movement went into decline during the inter-war period only to be revived by the emergence of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 1960s. It is argued that the term women’s movement must be revised to allow a broader understanding of female agency encompassing feminist, political, religious and conservative women’s groups who campaigned to improve the status of women throughout the twentieth century. This book provides an analysis of the way in which these five voluntary women’s organisations adopted the concept of democratic citizenship, with its rights and duties, to legitimate their demands for reform. Their involvement in a number of campaigns relating to social, welfare and economic rights is explored and assessed. The book provides a radical re-assessment of this period of women’s history and in doing so makes a significant contribution to on-going debates about the shape and the impact of the women’s movement in twentieth century Britain. The book is essential reading for those interested in modern British history and the history of the women’s movement.
In the feminist Pantheon John Stuart Mill and William Thompson have always featured high, somewhat screening the constellation of progressive literati, men of thought, letters and action who also vindicated and promoted women’s rights. It is the purpose of this book that these men’s voices can be heard. Male voices on women’s rights brings together a unique collection of original nineteenth-century texts, mixing seminal, little-known, or forgotten writings ranging from 1809 to 1913. It comes as a timely complement to the rare scholarly studies undertaken in recent years on men’s roles in the history of feminism, and will be welcomed by anyone interested in its intellectual sources. The documents, drawn from diaries, essays, parliamentary speeches, pamphlets, newspaper articles, or sermons, testify to the part played by the radical tradition, liberal political culture, religious dissent, and economic criticism in the development of women’s politics in nineteenth–century Britain. They also give some useful insight in the (often emotional) tensions, contradictions, or ambiguities of positions provoked by shifting patterns of masculinity and re-definitions of femininity, and will help revise common assumptions and misconceptions regarding male attitudes to sex equality. This text collection provides more than just source reading: Its substantial historical introduction adds value to the interpretative framework preceding all selected extracts, thus rendered immediately exploitable by students and teachers alike.
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Corporations, Celebrities and the Construction of the Entrepreneurial
Annika Bergman Rosamond and Catia Gregoratti
women’srights to a
better future, it’s about helping them rise above themselves, and unleash
their entrepreneurial potential through the business of handicrafts; a business
that is able to save entire communities, who, otherwise, could end up smeared by
social and economic disintegration, abused children, troubled youth, broken
families, increasing violence and crime, child marriages, sexual exploitation,
and human trafficking, to name a few’ ( JRF
equal pay for equal work, and state maintenance for unmarried mothers. Ellis proved the ally, and even the mentor, of several women’srights activists. He contributed to the Birth Control Review launched by the Malthusian League lecturer Stella Browne, co-founder of the British Society for the Study of Sex Psychology, and one of the few women who defended artificial birth control; he introduced Margaret Sanger to Malthus and to eugenics, convincing her to lead the birth control movement in America; he heartily supported Ellen Key’s plea for marriage reform, and was
figures were often economically and politically marginalized as well. This combination of a commitment to science and reason with a skepticism toward one’s own society
often led to constructive outcomes. Mitchell Stephens, in his recent work
on the history of atheism, shows that atheists were frequently ahead of their
times, questioning social and political taboos and adopting radical positions
in favor of democracy, abolition, women’srights, and freedom of speech.1
We should be wary of being too triumphalist about the achievements of
Beginning with the formation of the Pearces’ political consciousnesses
in childhood and early adulthood, the chapter then provides a portrait
of the subculture of early socialism in 1890s Glasgow, detailing the couple’s
varied contributions to the administrative, political and financial running
of the ILP. An analysis of Bella’s journalism follows, situating its discourse
on progressive sexuality within both feminist and socialist understandings
of intimacy, highlighting the complex and sometimes fractious relationship
between the ILP and the women’srights
A short account of the Revolutionary Communist Party
oppression, on the other. It
engaged in workplace and trade union struggles and campaigns for women’srights, and against racism and imperialism.
The story of the RCP is a drama in three acts, broadly corresponding to
the three decades following the radical upsurge of the late 1960s: its emergence
The point is to change it
in the 1970s, the phase of ‘party-building’ in the 1980s, and the events leading
up to its dissolution in the mid-1990s. We trace here the evolution of the
RCP through these three phases.
Emergence in the 1970s
Many of the individuals who went