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.
Gender Equality and Culture in Humanitarian Action1
Ricardo Fal-Dutra Santos
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Can Support the Leadership of Women’sRights Actors in Humanitarian
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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
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 ).
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V. M. and
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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’srights 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
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.
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