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p. 868. Early 20th-century feminismlocked

  • Margaret Walters

Abstract

‘Early 20th-century feminism’ surveys the achievements of women in Britain during this period, including legal and civil equality (1919, the Sex Discrimination (Removal) Act), and the vote. The effects of the First World War on women's expectations and aspirations are discussed. The successful role of women in local government is underlined, as is the importance of the National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship (NUSEC). The writing and attitudes towards feminism of Rebecca West and Virginia Woolf are examined. Margaret Sanger, Marie Stopes, and Annie Besant and their work in education about contraception, access to birth control, and the pursuit of workers' rights are outlined.

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