The early-twentieth century is an interesting period of British politics and the women’s suffrage movement. The last two decades of the nineteenth century is cited as a period permeated with narratives of sexual politics. The dominating narratives of sexual morality accumulated in this period, in terms of the conception of citizenship, “personal, political, social… Continue reading The Gendering of Political Language in the Early-Twentieth Century: Rev. R. J. Campbell
The legacy of the women’s movement obsessive concern with prostitution has permeated the historical examination of Victorian political debate, and still persists as an issue of debate in contemporary feminist discussion and campaigns. Judith Walkowitz addressed this issue in 1980’s contemporary feminist debate;“The radical feminist attack on commercial sex has its roots in earlier feminist… Continue reading Feminism and the ‘fallen woman’
The tensions in the relationship between the Pankhurst sisters has been well acknowledged, “the question of legitimacy of working-class representation in the women’s movement drove this conflict”, but the significance of what this demonstrates about the multifaceted nature of feminism needs to be included in further analysis. Sylvia Pankhurst’s career trajectory and interests in politics… Continue reading The Women’s Dreadnought and the narrative of war
Mary Kingsley was a travel writer, her most prominent work being Travels in West Africa (1897), she was infamous for her unreserved account of her travels and interaction with tribes and her criticism of government intervention in West Africa. She was also critical of missionaries in Africa who she felt were interfering in a culture… Continue reading Mary Kingsley: reluctantly remembered as a feminist
The French Revolution has been acknowledged as having a significant impact upon British society, in terms of popular politics and reform of the electorate. The events in France incited both conservative and purportedly ‘radical’ sentiments in British reactions and provoked different arguments about what the British government did in terms of serving the interests of… Continue reading Did the French Revolution influence a “protracted struggle” for reform in Britain?
Through A Vindication of the Rights of Women Mary Wollstonecraft orchestrated a fundamental sentiment of feminism but her contribution would not be actively exposed until much later. She is an amusing and endearing writer, who enlightens the modern reader and continues to strike a chord with those who relate to the tensions and assumptions of… Continue reading Mary Wollstonecraft – a reclaimed feminist icon?