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Description - Dictionary of British Women's Organisations, 1825-1960 by David Doughan

Throughout history, women from all over the world have come together for diverse and often contradictory purposes in informal networks, or as participants in men's organizations, or even more or less covertly. However, in Britain and Ireland at least, it is only in the past two centuries that they have in significant numbers banded together openly, formally, separately and autonomously. They have done so for a variety of reasons: to further a political cause, to improve social relations, to improve their understanding of the world or to acquire particular skills, to share a leisure or cultural interest, to further an occupational or professional interest, for solidarity with women of similar persuasions, to distinguish themselves from other women, and sometimes for good fellowship or just to have fun. This dictionary is the first attempt to identify systematically the large and heterogeneous group of such organzations, from women abolitionists and Chartists through social workers, nurses, suffragists and sexual reformers to women pilots, journalists and cricketers. The work brings together over 500 entities on a wide variety of societies, associations, clubs, unions and other professional, social and political bodies organized by women or for women covering the period 1825 to 1960. This work should be of interest to social historians and specialists in women's history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780713002232
ISBN-10: 0713002239
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Routledge Falmer
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Doughan

Peter Gordon is Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London. He is the author of many books on aspects of nineteenth-century British political and educational history, He is also General Series Editor of the Woburn Education Series. David Doughan had a wide experience of teaching and broadcasting before becoming Reference Librarian at the Fawcett Library (now the Women's Library), where he worked from 1977 to 2000.