This is the first text devoted exclusively to women in Britain since 1900 which covers the whole century. The author combines evidence from primary research, with an emphasis on personal testimony, with the most up-to-date work of specialist scholars in each field. Embracing social, economic, political and cultural history, it examines the changing meaning of femininity within the broad historical time periods making up the twentieth century. Each chronological chapter maps out developments for women at work, in the family, sexuality, education, feminism and other political movements. It does not seek to provide a triumphalist history of 'great women', but instead offers an account of women's shifting identity within different social, economic and political contexts, divided by class, sexuality, ethnic background and other factors. Blending analysis with humour and emotion in real life testimony, Women in Britain since 1900 is a woman-centred history of Britain from the suffragettes to the 'Diana effect'.
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This is definitely worth the read of it, but the author does have (and freely admits she has) a strong feminist bias, and so if you are trying to read from a non-feminist perspective you need to have your appropriate filters in place. Still, the material is clear, well written and includes a good mix of first-hand accounts and generalized commentary.
Women in Britain Since 1900 is an excellent survey of the major social, cultural, economic and political issues which have affected women during the twentieth century. In 'The Bitter Cry of Outcast Women,' c.1900-1914, Sue Bruley looks at women's limited education opportunities, and their double burden of poorly paid work and family responsibilities, before turning to feminism and socialism, an area where the author is particularly strong throughout the book. 'No Time to Weep' examines the experiences of women in the First World War, with particular emphasis on the role of women workers, feminism and pacifism. The period 1919 to 1939, sees 'A New Femininity,' a period of time when there was an emphasis on, domesticity and 'a new family centred world,' but where employment for married women expanded faster than before. This chapter looks at militant women of the time, as well as examining the areas of work open to women, and women's sexuality. Such themes are continued in...
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