The Edwardian Woman

By Duncan Crow

© 1978 – Routledge

240 pages

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About the Book

Covering the period from the beginning of the twentieth century to the outbreak of the First World War, this entertaining account describes the lives of women in all classes of society: the entertainments they watched, the clothes they wore, their education and the effect it had on women’s magazines, the work they did and the rise of the ‘office’ as the Mecca for working women. The author also considers the changing attitudes to contraception and sex.

This period, particularly its latter part, saw the rejection of old leaders and old habits. In politics, in the trade unions, and especially in the women’s movement, the refusal of a so-called reforming government to accede to moderate demands resulted in the rise to power of militants.

While primarily about Britain the book also studies women in Germany, France and the United States, offering a particularly revealing account of the stories of women, famous and not, with a lucid, readable outline of the society in which they lived and the social changes that affected their lives and to which they themselves contributed.

Table of Contents

1. The Edge of the Volcano 2. The Yellow Rich 3. ‘Pretty Faces and Large Fortunes’ 4. ‘A Goddess to Many’ 5. Militants from Manchester 6. Ten Shillings a Week 7. The Countess of Gaiety 8. The Kingdom of Fashion 9. One in Every Four 10. Chief Cooks and Lady Helps 11. The Marriage Question 12. The English Miss 13. No Votes for Women… 14. …And Chastity for Men

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Women's History

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1928 and 1992, Routledge Library Editions: Women's History offers a selection of scholarship covering women's roles, gender battles, feminism and other issues through the ages. Topics include women in the World Wars, prostitution in Victorian times, the history of abortion, women's roles in the Stuart era and women's place in the household and in work.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS037070
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HIS054000
HISTORY / Social History
SOC028000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies