Dreamers of a New Day

Women who Invented the Twentieth Century


Author: Sheila Rowbotham

Publisher: Verso Books


Category: History

Page: 311

View: 8433

`Magnificent...Definitive.' Tristram Hunt, Observer --

Women, Resistance and Revolution

A History of Women and Revolution in the Modern World


Author: Sheila Rowbotham

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: 1781681465

Category: History

Page: 287

View: 3120

This classic work on women and revolution in the modern world is an essential resource for new debates about feminism. Leading feminist historian Sheila Rowbotham offers a global history of feminism, including historical movements in Russia, China and the Third World.

Birth Control and the Rights of Women

Post-suffrage Feminism in the Early Twentieth Century


Author: Clare Debenham

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780764359

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 3650

After the granting of the vote to women in 1918, the struggle for women's rights intensified with a nationwide campaign for the right to birth control. This campaign was met with a great deal of hostility; it threatened to overturn Victorian ideas about female sexuality, female empowerment and the traditional roles within the family. The most well known of the campaigners, scientist and early feminist Marie Stopes, opened clinics across England which fitted 'contraception caps' to women for free. The first history of this grassroots social movement, Birth Control and the Rights of Women offers a window into the social and cultural history of the period, and features new archival material in the forms of memoirs, personal papers and press cuttings. This is an essential contribution to the influential field of women's history and a vital addition to the history of feminism.

Women in Movement (Routledge Revivals)

Feminism and Social Action


Author: Sheila Rowbotham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136755764

Category: Social Science

Page: 370

View: 4175

First published in 1992, this book is an historical introduction to a wide range of women’s movements from the late eighteenth-century to the date of its publication. It describes economic, social and political ideas which have inspired women to organize, not only in Europe and North America, but also in the Third World. Sheila Rowbotham outlines a long history of women’s challenges to the gender bias in political and economical concepts. She shows women laying claim to rights and citizenship, while contesting male definitions of their scope, and seeking to enlarge the meaning of economy through action around consumption and production, environmental protests and welfare projects.

Promise of a Dream

Remembering the Sixties


Author: Sheila Rowbotham

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859844007

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 262

View: 5545

A sparkling portrait of the exhilaration and enthusiasm of the sixties, when women were breaking all the rules about sex, politics and their place in the world.

Anglican Women on Mission and the Church


Author: Kwok Pui-Lan

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 1848251939

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 5391

This pioneering book by theologians and leaders in the Anglican Communion addresses the topics of ecclesiology and issiology. This book invites theologians, theological educators and church leaders to reconsider the theological basis of the Church and its call to mission and ministry in the twenty-first century, paying special attention to the colonial legacy of theAnglican Church and the shift of Christian demographics to the Global South.Part one of the book offers reflections on historical and theological perspectives on the Church by some of the Anglican Communion’s leading theologians. In the second part of the book, a number of authors from around the world discuss the involvement of Anglican women in God’s mission in a variety of contexts including the Mothers’ Union, the Church Mission Society and the HIV-Aids pandemic.

Magazine Movements

Women's Culture, Feminisms and Media Form


Author: Laurel Forster

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441106014

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 6616

All women's magazines are not the same: content, outlook, and format combine to shape publications quite distinctively. While magazines in general have long been understood as a significant force in women's lives, many critiques have limited themselves to discussions of mainstream printed publications that engage with narrowly stereotypical representations of femininity. Looking at a range of women's magazines (Cooperative Correspondence Club and Housewife) and magazine programmes (Woman's Hour and Houseparty), Magazine Movements not only extends our definition of a magazine, but most importantly, unearths the connections between women's cultures, specific magazines and the implied reader. The author first outlines the existing field of magazine studies, and analyzes the methodologies employed in accessing and assessing the cultural competence of magazines. Each chapter then provides a case study of a different kind of magazine: different in media form or style of presentation or audience connection, or all three. Forster not only extends our definition of a magazine, but most importantly, unearths the connections between women's cultures, specific magazines and the implied reader. In this way, fresh insights are provided into the long-standing importance of the magazine to the variety of feminisms on offer in Britain, from the mid twentieth century to the present day.

Mapping the Women's Movement

Feminist Politics and Social Transformation in the North


Author: Mónica Threlfall

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859849842

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

View: 2595

The movement that began in the 1960s in the United States has gone through many permutations, continuously emerging in new forms in different parts of the world. Awareness of the issue of gender has reached international institutions and has entered popular culture. Yet this worldwide phenomenon is made up of individual movements, occurring within national boundaries and shaped by distinct sets of circumstances. Mapping the Women's Movement charts the development, diversification and politics of movements in the United States and key countries in Western and Eastern Europe, as well as Japan, in order to draw out their wider implications. It shows that feminist political action to change institutions, policy-making and the law has been far more successful in delivering gains to women's lives than was presaged by the early movement's emphasis on personal liberation. These gains have been accomplished mainly through public action and the mobilization of alliances with parties of the left or with the support of governments and legislators. But the emergence of a distinctly 'second-class' female workforce, plagued by low pay and bereft of employment protection and benefits, shows up the limits of women's ability to rely on market forces to consolidate their position. Coupled with governmental moves to roll back the boundaries of public responsibility, such developments reveal the extent to which the women's movement needs instead to ally itself with political forces tat value the role of the public realm, and develop a strategy for operating in the current business-oriented policy environment. An authoritative survey by some of the most important contemporary writers on the subject, Mapping the Women's Movement provides key pointers to the political and ideological forces which shape women's lives today.

Rebel Crossings

New Women, Free Lovers and Radicals in Britain and the United States


Author: Sheila Rowbotham

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781784785895

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

View: 7860

The transatlantic story of six radical pioneers at the turn of the twentieth century Rebel Crossings relates the interweaving lives of four women and two men as they journey from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, from Britain to America, and from Old World conventions toward New World utopias. Radicalised by the rise of socialism, Helena Born, Miriam Daniell, Gertrude Dix, Robert Nicol and William Bailie cross the Atlantic dreaming of liberty and equality. The hope for a new age is captured in the name Miriam and Robert give their love child, born shortly after their arrival: Sunrise. A young Bostonian, Helen Tufts learns of Miriam's defiant spirit through her close friendship with Helena; the love she feels for Helena and later for William fundamentally alters her life. All six are part of a wider historical search for self-fulfillment and an alternative to a cruelly competitive capitalism. In articles, poems and allegories Helena, Helen and Miriam resist the cultural constraints women face, while female characters in Gertrude's novels struggle to combine personal happiness with radical social commitment. William campaigns against class inequality as a socialist and an anarchist while longing to read and study. Robert, the former union militant, becomes preoccupied with personal growth and mystical enlightenment in the wilds of California. Rebel Crossings offers fascinating perspectives on the historical interaction of feminism, socialism, and anarchism and on the incipient consciousness of a new sense of self, so vital for women seeking emancipation. These six lives bring fresh slants on political and cultural movements and upon influential individuals like Walt Whitman, Eleanor Marx, William Morris, Edward Carpenter, Patrick Geddes and Benjamin Tucker. It is a work of significant originality by one of our leading feminist historians and speaks to the dilemmas of our own time.

Living the Revolution

Urban Communes and Soviet Socialism, 1917-1932


Author: Andy Willimott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198725825


Page: 256

View: 3705

Living the Revolution offers insight into the world of the early Soviet activists. At the heart of this book are a cast of fiery-eyed, bed-headed youths determined to be the change they wanted to see in the world. First banding together in the wake of the October Revolution, seizing hold of urban apartments, youthful enthusiasts tried to offer practical examples of socialist living. Calling themselves 'urban communes', they embraced total equality and shared everything from money to underwear. They actively sought to overturn the traditional family unit, reinvent domesticity, and promote a new collective vision of human interaction. A trend was set: a revolutionary meme that would, in the coming years, allow thousands of would-be revolutionaries and aspiring party members to experiment with the possibilities of socialism. The first definitive account of the urban communes, and the activists that formed them, this volume utilizes newly uncovered archival materials to chart the rise and fall of this revolutionary impulse. Laced with personal detail, it illuminates the thoughts and aspirations of individual activists as the idea of the urban commune grew from an experimental form of living, limited to a handful of participants in Petrograd and Moscow, into a cultural phenomenon that saw tens of thousands of youths form their own domestic units of socialist living by the end of the 1920s. Living the Revolution is a tale of revolutionary aspiration, appropriation, and participation at the ground level. Never officially sanctioned by the party, the urban communes challenge our traditional understanding of the early Soviet state, presenting Soviet ideology as something that could both frame and fire the imagination.