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Housewives and Citizens


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Introduction 1. Origins and aspirations: voluntary women's organisations and the representation of housewives, mothers and citizens 2. Housewives and citizens: the rights and duties of women citizens 3. Moral dilemmas: divorce, birth control and abortion 4. Welfare rights for women: maternity care, social welfare benefits and family allowances 5. Active citizenship for women: war and protest 6. Housewives and citizens: post-war planning and the post-war years 7. Domesticity, modernity and women's rights: voluntary women's organisations and the women's movement 1950-64 Conclusion Index

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Caitriona Beaumont is Principal Lecturer in Social History at London South Bank University


'Housewives and Citizens offers a refreshing perspective on women's activism in 20th century England, enlarging - and challenging - our study of the past. It is a timely reminder that women who did not identify with feminism were nonetheless active in campaigning for improvements in women's lot.' June Purvis, Times Higher Education, 21 November 2013 -- .

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