Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 April 2015

256 Pages

8.5 x 5.5 inches

ISBN: 9780719097256

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Housewives and citizens

Domesticity and the women's movement in England, 1928-64

Caitríona Beaumont

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Presents a new and original account of the women's movement in twentieth-century British history
  • Presents a radical re-assessment of existing understandings of the term 'women's movement' and challenges assumptions that only groups espousing a feminist agenda be included in the history of the movement
  • Explores the contribution of five popular and conservative women's organisations to the history of the women's movement and the campaign for women's rights
  • Challenges the assumption that the period 1928-64 was a 'silent time' for the campaign for women's rights and the belief that the women's movement was marginalized and fragmented at this time
  • Argues that a successful and dynamic network of voluntary women's organisations remained active throughout the years 1928-64 providing an effective voice for housewives, mothers and citizens in public life

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