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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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Active citizenship for women: war and protest

Active citizenship for women: war and protest

(p.135) 5 Active citizenship for women: war and protest
Housewives and citizens

Caitríona Beaumont

Manchester University Press

This chapter evaluates the contribution of the Mothers’ Union, Catholic Women's League, National Council of Women, Women's Institutes and Townswomen's Guilds to the war effort. The Second World War provided these groups with the opportunity to demonstrate that women, just like men, could be ‘good and active’ citizens. The meaning of citizenship during wartime is discussed and the involvement of these groups in evacuation, food production and support for the armed services is assessed. The chapter then moves on to focus on the contribution that these groups made to two wartime campaigns: the appointment of women police and the implementation of equal pay in the public sector.

Keywords:   Second World War, active citizenship, women police, equal pay, evacuation, wartime food production

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