Constructing women's citizenship in the interwar period: the Edinburgh women citizens’ association

  title={Constructing women's citizenship in the interwar period: the Edinburgh women citizens’ association},
  author={Sue Innes},
  journal={Women's History Review},
  pages={621 - 647}
  • Sue Innes
  • Published 1 December 2004
  • Sociology
  • Women's History Review
Abstract As a new stage in women's political participation, enfranchisement brought new efforts to advance gender equality and women's social position and new organisations were formed of women voters, including the women citizens' associations. Concerns with women's and children's welfare and social reform that had been important to sections of the pre-war women's movement were repositioned alongside the pursuit of an equal franchise, equal pay and opportunities and women's representation, in… 
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