Subject to Empire: Married Women and the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act

  title={Subject to Empire: Married Women and the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act},
  author={Mary Baldwin},
  journal={The Journal of British Studies},
  pages={522 - 556}
  • M. Baldwin
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • History
  • The Journal of British Studies
The 1914 British Nationality and Status of Aliens (BNSA) Act stated that “the wife of a British subject shall be deemed to be a British subject, and the wife of an alien shall be deemed to be an alien.” By this reenactment of an 1870 law, a British woman who married an alien became an alien herself, losing the rights and privileges accorded to British nationality. During the 1920s and 1930s, British feminists from around the Empire worked to change this regulation, but only in 1948 were women… 
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