Reflecting upon the diverse aspects of the entangled histories of women across the world (mainly, but not exclusively, during the twentieth century), this book explores the range of ways in which women’s history, international history, transnational history and imperial and global histories are interwoven.
Contributors cover a diverse range of topics, including the work of British women’s activist networks in defence of, and opposition, to empire; the Society for the Overseas Settlement of British Women; suffrage networks in Britain and South Africa; white Zimbabwean women and belonging in the diaspora; migrant female workers as traditional agents in Tasmania; Indian ‘coolie’ women’s lives in British Malaya; Irish female medical missionary work; emigration to North America from Irish women’s convict prisons; the Women’s Party of Great Britain (1917-1919); the national and international in the making of the Finnish feminist Alexandra Gripenberg; and the relationship between the World Congress of Mothers and the Japan Mothers’ Congress.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Women’s History Review.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Connecting Women’s Histories: the local and the global Barbara Bush and June Purvis
1. Feminising Empire? British Women’s Activist Networks in Defending and Challenging Empire from 1918 to Decolonisation Barbara Bush
2. ‘The Women’s Branch of the Commonwealth Relations Office’: the Society for the Overseas Settlement of British Women and the long life of empire migration Jean P. Smith
3. ‘Going on with our little movement in the hum drum-way which alone is possible in a land like this’: Olive Schreiner and suffrage networks in Britain and South Africa, 1905–1913 Helen Dampier
4. From Settlers to Strays: white Zimbabwean women, historical memory and belonging in the diaspora c.1980–2010 Kate Law
5. ‘Belles from Bristol and Bournville in New Surroundings’: female confectionery workers as transnational agents, 1918–1928 Emma Robertson
6. ‘Immorality’, Nationalism and the Colonial State in British Malaya: Indian ‘coolie’ women’s intimate lives as ideological battleground Arunima Datta
7. International and Modern Ideals in Irish Female Medical Missionary Activity, 1937–1962 Ailish Veale
8. ‘The salvation of them’: emigration to North America from the nineteenth-century Irish women’s convict prison Elaine Farrell
9. The Women’s Party of Great Britain (1917–1919): a forgotten episode in British women’s political history June Purvis
10. The National and International in Making a Feminist: the case of Alexandra Gripenberg Tiina Kinnunen
11. From Hiroshima to Lausanne: the World Congress of Mothers and the Hahaoya Taikai in the 1950s Vera Mackie
Barbara Bush is Emeritus Professor of History at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She has published widely on imperialism, race, gender and empire, including Imperialism and Postcolonialism (2006).
June Purvis is Emeritus Professor of Women’s and Gender History at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She has published widely on women’s education in nineteenth-century Britain and on the suffragette movement in Edwardian Britain, including Emmeline Pankhurst: a biography (2002).