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Voluntary women’s organisations and the women’s movement 1950–64
Caitríona Beaumont

7 Domesticity, modernity and women’s rights: 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 little woman

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Domesticity and the women’s movement in England, 1928–64

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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Gender Equality and Culture in Humanitarian Action1
Ricardo Fal-Dutra Santos

. , Rhodes , F. and Zaaroura , M. ( 2018 ), A Feminist Approach to Localization: How Canada Can Support the Leadership of Women’s Rights Actors in Humanitarian Action , Oxfam Canada , www.oxfam.ca/publication/a-feminist-approach-to-localization-how-canada-can-support-the-leadership-of-womens-rights-actors-in-humanitarian-action/ (accessed 30

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Lessons Learned for Engagement in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States
Logan Cochrane

Recovery Fund – Round 3: UN Joint Stabilization Programmes . South Sudan Recovery Fund, Outcome Evaluation August 2015 . UN Women . ( 2012 ), Sudan and South Sudan Programme Evaluation Report: Building Capacities for Gender Equality and Protection of Women’s Rights in Sudan 2008–2011 . UN Women June 2012 . UNDP . ( 2012 ), Evaluation of Sudan Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Programme . United Nations Development Programme Sudan Final Report November 2012 . UNDP . ( 2013 ), Final Evaluation of Disarmament

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Corporations, Celebrities and the Construction of the Entrepreneurial Refugee Woman
Annika Bergman Rosamond and Catia Gregoratti

women’s rights 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

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Expanding Gender Norms to Marriage Drivers Facing Boys and Men in South Sudan
Michelle Lokot, Lisa DiPangrazio, Dorcas Acen, Veronica Gatpan, and Ronald Apunyo

Journeys, Nuer Lives: Sudanese Refugees in Minnesota ( Boston, MA : Allyn & Bacon ). Hove , M. and Ndawana , E. ( 2017 ), ‘ Women’s Rights in Jeopardy: The Case of War-Torn South Sudan ’, SAGE Open , 1 – 13 , doi: 10.1177/2158244017737355 . Hudson , V. M. and Matfess , H. ( 2017 ), ‘ In Plain Sight: The Neglected Linkage between Brideprice and Violent Conflict ’, International Security , 42 : 1 , 7 – 40 . Huser , C. ( 2018 ), Conflict and Gender Study – South Sudan: Addressing Root Causes Programme , www

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Middle-Aged Syrian Women’s Contributions to Family Livelihoods during Protracted Displacement in Jordan
Dina Sidhva, Ann-Christin Zuntz, Ruba al Akash, Ayat Nashwan, and Areej Al-Majali

article, we sound a cautious note on refugees’ labour market participation, which does not necessarily increase women’s rights and gender equality ( Abu-Assab, 2017 ). We also add nuance to the distinction between the public and the private: national and international refugee-reception policies compel our interviewees to work from their living rooms. At the same time, they remain connected to multiple places and people in the world through phone calls, remittance-sending and sometimes

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A feminist analysis, with a new introduction

Representing the first book-length treatment of the application of feminist theories of international law, The boundaries of international law argues that the absence of women in the development of international law has produced a narrow and inadequate jurisprudence that has legitimated the unequal position of women worldwide rather than confronted it.

With a new introduction that reflects on the profound changes in international law since the book’s first publication in 2000, this volume is essential reading for scholars, practitioners and students alike.

Martine Monacelli

equal pay for equal work, and state maintenance for unmarried mothers. Ellis proved the ally, and even the mentor, of several women’s rights 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

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