Empowering the Physical and Political Self: Women and the Practice of Self-Defense, 1890–1920

  title={Empowering the Physical and Political Self: Women and the Practice of Self-Defense, 1890–1920},
  author={Wendy L. Rouse and Beth Slutsky},
  journal={The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era},
  pages={470 - 499}
  • W. Rouse, Beth Slutsky
  • Published 1 October 2014
  • Education
  • The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
First-wave feminists in the Progressive Era found ways to make the political physical by empowering their bodies. As the women's suffrage movement gained momentum, advocates for women's self-defense training in England and in the United States insisted that all women were physically capable of defending themselves and should learn self-defense not only to protect themselves physically but to empower themselves psychologically and politically for the battles they would face in both the public… 

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