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Housewives and citizensDomesticity and the women's movement in England, 1928-64$
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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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Housewives and citizens: post-war planning and the post-war years

Housewives and citizens: post-war planning and the post-war years

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Housewives and citizens

Caitríona Beaumont

Manchester University Press

Having participated actively in the war effort, voluntary women's organisations were united in their determination to ensure that the views and interests of housewives and mothers were incorporated into plans for post-war reconstruction. This aim resulted in women's organisations making a significant contribution to government committees and investigations on post-war planning. This chapter focusses in particular on the involvement of voluntary women's organisations in the housing debate and in discussions regarding the role and status of women workers. What emerges is a new understanding of the ability of conservative women's groups to influence government policy at this important moment in British history.

Keywords:   Post-war planning, post-war reconstruction, housing reform, women workers, housewives and mothers

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