Women have been consistently excluded from all manner of clubs and associations over the years, whether as the direct result of an anti-woman policy or indirectly through prohibitive entry requirements, social constraints, or conflict of interests and tastes. Retaliation from women has taken two directions: some women have set up their own exclusive clubs that reflect their own interests and aims, while others have taken on the men and striven to break down resistance to their joining ‘men’s’ clubs on an equal footing.
This book traces the development of the current situation, drawing from a wide range of sources, some of which have never been published before. Looking at the different types of clubs and associations that include women and girls from the WI to the Girl Guides, this book is a rich social history full of fascinating observations and stories, and will be absorbing reading for anyone interested in sociology, women’s history or the transformation of Britain’s social life.
1. Early Days: Debates and Discussions 2. Men and their Clubs 3. Forces' Clubs 4. Women's Clubs 5. Sporting Clubs 6. Clubs for Girls 7. Guilds and Institutes 8. 'Service' Clubs: Rotary, Inner Wheel and Sorptimist International 9. And what now?