Annmarie Hughes

in Gender and Political Identities in Scotland, 1919-1939

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639816
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653522 | DOI:

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The inter-war years were a period of extreme gender antagonism and economic insecurity in Scotland and this influenced working-class women's political identities. However, gender antagonism facilitated, even if only on a temporary basis, a ‘rough kind of feminism’. Although divided by age, religion, status and income, working-class women converged on a range of issues which affected them as a group. They came together to counter the weight of the adverse economic climate, government policies and men's attempts to subordinate them in the workplace, the political arena, the home and in their communities. The formation of women's political identity in Scotland between the wars was a complex process, but it was one in which they were active participants.

Keywords: inter-war years; Scottish women; working-class women; political identity; feminism; gender antagonism

Chapter.  2491 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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