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Caitriona Beaumont

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086076

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086076.001.0001

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Origins and aspirations: voluntary women's organisations and the representation of housewives, mothers and citizens

Origins and aspirations: voluntary women's organisations and the representation of housewives, mothers and citizens

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(p.8) 1 Origins and aspirations: voluntary women's organisations and the representation of housewives, mothers and citizens
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Housewives and citizens
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Caitríona Beaumont

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086076.003.0002

This chapter explores the origins and aims of the five voluntary women's organisations included in this research: the Mothers’ Union, Catholic Women's League, National Council of Women, National Federation of Women's Institutes and the National Union of Townswomen's Guilds. Each group is situated within the context of the inter-war women's movement and their contribution to both the movement and to the lives of their members is evaluated. The chapter also considers the membership of each organisation, at both local and national level and explores why each of the five organisations sought to ensure that they remained non-party and non-feminist throughout these years.

Keywords:   Mothers’ Union, Catholic Women's League, National Council of Women, National Federation of Women's Institutes, National Union of Townswomen's Guilds, voluntary women's organisations

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