In 1815, at the dawn of the nineteenth century, married women had no right to own property, no rights over their children, no right to vote, and it was legal for their husbands to physically punish and sequester them. By 1914, on the verge of the Great War, fundamental transformations had occured in all of these areas. One of the primary causes of these transformations was the Women’s Movement. This module will explore the dominant gender ideology of the time and how women and men campaigning for change engaged with it in their efforts to obtain social and political reform. We shall focus on three campaigns in particular: the campaign for married women’s rights, the campaign to abolish the Contagious Diseases Acts, and the campaign for women’s suffrage.
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CM 1,5h par semaine.