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Housewives and citizens – Domesticity and the women's movement in England, 1928-64 - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Housewives and citizens: Domesticity and the women's movement in England, 1928-64

Caitriona Beaumont


This book explores the contribution that five conservative, voluntary and popular women's organisations made to women's lives and to the campaign for women's rights throughout the period 1928 to 1964. The five groups included in this study are: the Mothers’ Union, the Catholic Women's League, the National Council of Women, the National Federation of Women's Institutes and the National Union of Townswomen's Guilds. The book challenges existing histories of the women's movement that suggest the movement went into decline during the inter-war period only to be revived by the emergence of the Wome ... More

Keywords: Citizenship, women's movement, conservative, domesticity, housewives, feminism, women's rights, voluntary women's organisations, female agency, women's liberation movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719086076
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719086076.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caitriona Beaumont, author