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Labour Women

Labour Women
Women in British Working Class Politics, 1918–1939

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  • Date Published: February 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521459198

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  • Labour Women is a study of the first post-suffrage generation of women members in the Labour Party and the Co-operative movement. It looks at three areas where women had an impact on the development of British social democracy between 1918 and 1939: their struggles with the male leadership; their relations with middle class feminists; and their strong showing in community politics and local government. This book combines the political history of the national organizations and events, with a social history of working class families, schools and communities.

    • Accessible history of the Labour Party between the wars
    • Uses oral and questionnaire evidence to draw an accurate picture of working class women in politics
    • Compares work of labour women with that of labour men and middle class feminists
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This important and timely study sheds considerable light on both the labor movement and feminism in interwar Britain....Based on sound research...this is a fascinating study." Choice

    "General readers as well as historians wishing to supplement their knowledge of the time period with an examination of women's roles in working-class politics will find this book well organized and clearly written. Graves succeeds in her stated intention of producing a study accessible to a broad audience of nonspecialists." History

    "...fascinating and timely study....Graves has made effective use of interviews with fifty female and fifty male Labour supporters....Labour Women offers an invaluable close study of the issues and debates in the Labour Women's Organization....[T]his book has important implications for both the feminist movement and the Labour movement. Graves analyzes very effectively the split between middle-class feminism and working-class Labour women between the wars." Martin Pugh, Times Literary Supplement

    "...should prove of interest to scholars of both the feminist and labour movements in Britain." Mariel Grant, Canadian Journal of History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521459198
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The doors are open - women's entry into Labour politics
    2. Their devotion was about equal - women and men in interwar working-class politics
    3. But the seats are reserved for men - the gender struggles of the twenties
    4. A sex question or a class question? - Labour women and feminism in the twenties
    5. Helping others - women in local labour politics
    6. Doing our bit to see that the people are not dragged down - class struggle in the thirties

  • Author

    Pamela M. Graves

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