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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: "No time for recreations till the vote is won"? Suffrage activists and leisure in Edwardian Britain
Author(s): Kay, Joyce
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Keywords: Suffragettes
Womens' sport
Womens' recreation
Suffragists Great Britain 20th century
Sports for women Great Britain 20th century
Women Recreation Great Britain 20th century
Great Britain History Edward VII, 1901-1910
Issue Date: Sep-2007
Date Deposited: 9-Feb-2009
Citation: Kay J (2007) "No time for recreations till the vote is won"? Suffrage activists and leisure in Edwardian Britain. Women's History Review, 16 (4), pp. 535-553.
Abstract: The women who took part in the campaign for female suffrage in Britain are often portrayed as dedicated, serious and devoted to the cause, with little time for other interests. Although this may be true for the most active suffragists, there were many who joined local societies and supported the movement while continuing to live ordinary lives. This article demonstrates that a significant sample of activists of all ages and backgrounds were enthusiastic sportswomen and espoused a wide range of other pastimes. Many also belonged to a ladies' club, particularly those in London's West End, in which they could dine, conduct business or relax away from home or work. By taking part in the increasingly diverse social, cultural and sporting environment available to middle-class Edwardian women, they struck a further blow for female emancipation.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09612020701445909
Rights: Published by Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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