Housewives and Citizens Domesticity and the Women's Movement in England, 192864

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-29
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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Housewives and Citizens 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 1928–64. 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. 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.

Author Biography

Caitríona Beaumont is Principal Lecturer in Social History at London South Bank University, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Origins and Aspirations: Voluntary women's organisations and the representation of housewives, mothers and citizens
2. Housewives and Citizens: the rights and duties of women citizens
3. Moral Dilemmas: Divorce, Birth Control and Abortion
4. Welfare Rights for Women: Maternity Care, Social Welfare Benefits and Family Allowances
5. Active Citizenship for Women: War and Protest
6. Housewives and Citizens: Post-War Planning and the Post-War Years
7. Domesticity, Modernity and Women's Rights: voluntary women's organisations and the women's movement 1950–1964

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