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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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Debating Feminism in the Socialist Press: Women and the New Leader

Debating Feminism in the Socialist Press: Women and the New Leader

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(p.374) 24 Debating Feminism in the Socialist Press: Women and the New Leader
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Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939
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June Hannam

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412537.003.0029

This chapter examines the complex and ambiguous relationship of the Labour Party to gender and feminism in the interwar years through a study of the Labour Leader/ New Leader, the official organ of the socialist group, the Independent Labour Party. The paper was aimed at a mixed-sex audience. The chapter focuses on women as journalists, debates on gender differences and women’s nature, and policy questions relating specifically to women, including organising separately, birth control and family allowances. A consideration of these areas highlights the diversity of women’s voices and concerns. It contends that in the new context of the interwar years socialist women did not just abandon their feminist perspective in favour of the class struggle; instead, they were finding ways to work through the complex relationship between the two. The Labour Leader/ New Leader provided a space where issues relating to gender could be debated openly.

Keywords:   Labour Party, Independent Labour Party (ILP), Labour Leader, New Leader, socialist feminism, birth control, family allowances

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