Fighting for the Privileges of Citizenship: The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), feminism and the women's movement, 1928-1945

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Beaumont, C (2014). Fighting for the Privileges of Citizenship: The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), feminism and the women's movement, 1928-1945. Women's History Review. 23 (3), pp. 463 - 479.
AuthorsBeaumont, C
Abstract

In 1928 the YWCA welcomed the introduction of the universal suffrage by declaring that women in Britain were now entitled to the full political privileges of citizenship. This article will explore the way in which the YWCA, previously omitted from histories of the British women's movement, sought to educate and inform its members about the rights and duties of democratic citizenship. The involvement of the YWCA in citizenship education and its role in campaigning for the citizenship rights of women will be assessed, with a particular focus on workers rights and the appointment of women police. Despite its reluctance to be identified as overtly feminist, the YWCA was determined to ensure that women had access to social and economic rights within a democratic society. The article therefore argues that a new definition of the women's movement is required in order to uncover the full extent of female engagement in politics and public debate in the aftermath of the suffrage. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Year2014
JournalWomen's History Review
Journal citation23 (3), pp. 463 - 479
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0961-2025
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/09612025.2013.820600
Publication dates
Print04 May 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited02 Sep 2016
Accepted04 Apr 2014
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
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