Questions to ponder whilst you read…
- To what extent did the feminist movement change the lives of working-class women in the first half of the twentieth-century?
- Did a ‘feminist identity’ still have political purchase among women in the inter-war years?
- Was feminism still a ‘mass movement’ after 1918?
- How might historians assess the impact of feminism on social change?
Dale Spender, There’s Always Been a Women’s Movement this Century (1983) [digitised]
Lesley Hall, ‘"Not a domestic utensil but a woman and a citizen": Stella Browne on Women, Health and Society’, Clio Medica: The Wellcome Institute Series in the History of Medicine,1 Aug (2000) 60:1, 275-302
Barbara Caine, English Feminism 1780-1980 (1987) [chapter on the inter-war citizen]
Lesley Hall, Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain Since 1880 (2000)
Joanna Alberti, Beyond Suffrage: Feminists in War and Peace, 1914-1928 (1989)
J. Martin, ‘Beyond Suffrage: Feminism, Education and the Politics of Class in the Inter-War Years’, British Journal of Sociology of Education 29:4 (2008), 411-23
‘Six Point Group. Extension of the franchise to women in the colonies’ (1939) from the Women in the National Archives original documents database. [Access via Warwick Library: Databases – History]
‘The Bastardy Bill’ (1920) MRC MSS.243.56 [available digitally at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/studying/modules/docs/feminism]
Workers’ Birth Control Group, ‘To Our Men Comrades’ (1928) MRC MSS.292/824/1 [available digitally at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/studying/modules/docs/feminism]
Virginia Woolf, ‘A Room of One’s Own’, in Three Guineas (1926)
Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night [a detective novel]
Party Political Pamphlets aimed at Women Voters [Digitised MRC document]
‘Report of a Conference of the Abortion Law Reform Association’ (1936) [Digitised MRC document]