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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939The Interwar Period$
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Catherine Clay, Maria DiCenzo, Barbara Green, and Fiona Hackney

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474412537

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412537.001.0001

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Internationalism, Empire, and Peace in the Woman Teacher, 1920–39

Internationalism, Empire, and Peace in the Woman Teacher, 1920–39

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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939

Joyce Goodman

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter examines the role of the Woman Teacher, organ of the National Union of Women Teachers (NUWT), in creating a public political identity and the Union’s place within the wider national feminist movement. The NUWT and the Woman Teacher were established amidst hostility from male National Union of Teachers (NUT) members over whether suffrage and equal pay were admissible professional issues and because the NUT delayed implementing its equal pay policy. The journal had a wide readership within the education and policy sectors. It covered the NUWT’s feminist campaigns, the status and views of women teachers, and professional issues around equal pay, equal access to employment opportunities, the removal of the marriage bar, and education for girls. It took an increasingly radical stance toward internationalism, militarism, and fascism during the 1930s. Its articulations of internationalism, peace, imperialism, and anti-fascism revealed dissent among NUWT members, but also facilitated opportunities for editors to continue to shape the NUWT’s egalitarian feminist message as the Union negotiated shifting understandings of feminism and rhetoric about married and single teachers linked with the pathologising of spinsters.

Keywords:   Woman Teacher, NUWT, internationalism, peace, imperialism, anti-fascism, egalitarian, feminism, equal pay, spinsters

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