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Distant SistersAustralasian Women and the International Struggle for the Vote, 1880-1914$
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James Keating

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526140951

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526140968

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For God and home and every land: Suffrage internationalism in the World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

For God and home and every land: Suffrage internationalism in the World’s Woman’s Christian Temperance Union

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Distant Sisters
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James Keating

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526140968.00008

This chapter considers the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), the world’s largest mass-membership women’s organisation in the late nineteenth century and a common denominator in all seven Australasian colonial women’s suffrage campaigns. It focuses on relations between the union’s layered local, intercolonial, and global networks, using a close study of branches in two port cities, Auckland and Adelaide, to demonstrate how cross-border connections influenced antipodean members’ domestic and international activism. The chapter also situates the World’s WCTU in a moment of flux, examining the disjuncture between the rituals of everyday internationalism that drove Australasian women to embrace the union’s global ethos at the same time as its influential chapters in the United States and United Kingdom retreated from the suffrage cause, narrowing avenues for enfranchised antipodean members to disseminate their successful methods abroad.

Keywords:   Adelaide, Auckland, everyday internationalism, Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, women’s suffrage

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