Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Agai

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Pluto Press, 1977 - Political Science - 182 pages
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In this classic study of women in Britain from the Puritan revolution of the mid-seventeenth century to the 1930s, Sheila Rowbotham shows how class and sex, work and the family, personal life and social pressures have shaped and hindered women's struggles for equality.She explores the different effects that changes in the process of production have on middle-class and working-class women; why birth control and the organisation of working women have been perceived as threatening to traditional male control of the family; how paid work and work in the home are intricately related and determine the social valuation of women - and why these and many other issues have continued to arise in different form throughout modern history.
  

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Contents

Work the family and the development of early capitalism
1
Puritans and prophetesses
8
The restoration
13
The new radicalism of the eighteenth century
19
The agricultural and industrial revolution
23
New means of resisting
31
Birth control and early nineteenth century radicalism
36
Feminism in the radical and early socialist movement
39
Socialism the family and sexuality
65
The struggle for birth control at the end of the nineteenth century
74
The vote
77
Some responses to feminism in the socialist movement before 1914
90
The war
108
Antifeminism
123
Work trade unions and the unemployed after World War I
128
The family and sexual radicalism
137

Middleclass women begin to organise
47
Feminism and rescue work
51
The position of workingclass women in the nineteenth century
55
Women and trade unions
60
Motherhood and the family
144
Feminism and socialism after World War I
159
1LP East London Federation of the Suffragettes
177
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About the author (1977)

Sheila Rowbotham is a University Fellow in the Sociology Department of Manchester University. Her recent books include Women in Movement (Routledge, 1992) and with Swasti Mitter, Dignity and Daily Bread (Routledge, 1993).

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