This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to evaluate the hypothesis that the separate spheres ideal reached its apogee between the wars in Britain, and the factors that may have influenced inter-war women to embrace the traditional worldview on womanhood that continued to position them in the private sphere as dependants of men. The investigation considers the extent to which women did subjectify this vision of womanhood and how far this guaranteed their subordination. The chapter also discusses the situation of women's during the inter-war years, masculine insecurity, the emergence of popular feminism, the subversion of the traditional gender discourse, and the role of gender in shaping women's identities in Scotland.
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