The Struggles and Economic Hardship of Women Working Class Activists, 1918–1923

Chapman, Jane (2019) The Struggles and Economic Hardship of Women Working Class Activists, 1918–1923. In: Letters to the Editor: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. Palgrave. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

The chapter analyses female readers’ letter from the immediate post-World War I period in the ‘Labour Women’ newspaper for members of the then up and coming Labour Party.
What was the discursive function of this particular women’s labour movement newspaper when addressing gendered employment issues?

How does this social movement communication contribute towards the concept and development of gendered working class cultural citizenship?

Research demonstrates a range of concerns during the aftermaths of war, when many women showed great concern for what one letter referred to as the ‘tyranny of poverty’ and the day to day travails of domestic life, in an age where working class female lifestyles could not benefit from labour saving devices. This was a time when wage and relationship equality were nowhere near part of everyday reality for most readers. The chapter reflects not only on the problems for gender newspaper historians of reflection on past reader participation, influenced by present day perspectives, but also on the need to celebrate the hope and idealism of many female ‘reader—pioneers’.

Keywords:Activists, Aftermaths of war, Citizenship, Class, Labour Woman, Labour Party
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V145 Modern History 1900-1919
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P305 Paper-based Media studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V146 Modern History 1920-1949
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P390 Media studies not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P400 Publishing
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (Journalism)
ID Code:38873
Deposited On:14 Nov 2019 08:52

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