Education for active citizenship: women’s organisations in interwar Scotland

Wright, V. (2009) Education for active citizenship: women’s organisations in interwar Scotland. History of Education, 38(3), pp. 419-436. (doi:10.1080/00467600902855454)

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Abstract

Following the enfranchisement of women in 1918 women’s organisations throughout Britain reconsidered and revised their aims for the future. In many cases this involved educating their members, and women in general, on how to use their new influence in society. Such ‘education for citizenship’, which also drove attempts to raise the political consciousness of women, was a defining feature of the educational programmes of a range of women’s organisations in interwar Scotland. This paper focuses on the activities of two societies: the Glasgow Society for Equal Citizenship and Edinburgh Women Citizens Association. These organisations strongly promoted active citizenship’ as the next step for the feminist movement. Consequently, both worked intensively to ensure that the women of Glasgow and Edinburgh, respectively, knew how to use their votes in order to best achieve further reforms. This article examines the educational strategies used by both organisations.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:feminism; interwar; Scotland; women’s organisations; suffrage;education; citizenship
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wright, Dr Valerie
Authors: Wright, V.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:History of Education
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0046-760X
ISSN (Online):1464-5130

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