Women and Late Chartism: Women's Rights in Mid-Victorian England

ROBERTS, Matthew (2020). Women and Late Chartism: Women's Rights in Mid-Victorian England. The English Historical Review.

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    Abstract

    This article revisits the relationship between women and Chartism, the mass movement for democratic rights that swept across Britain from the late 1830s to the 1850s. It argues that the opportunities for women to participate in Chartism were more varied, extensive and enduring than has often been argued. Particular attention is paid to late Chartism (1843-52) by documenting in full, for the first time, the number of female Chartist bodies in existence for the period of late Chartism. By presenting new material, based on a combing of the press and the Home Office files, the article then moves on to consider the role played by Chartist women in 1848, the year of European revolution when the movement revived. By presenting new material, based on a combing of the press and the Home Office files, the article then moves on to consider the role played by Chartist women in 1848, the year of European revolution when the movement revived. It then builds on the theme of late Chartism by offering a case study of the Women’s Rights Association (WRA), a body established in 1851 by a group of Sheffield Chartist women, to campaign for votes for women, which, it is argued here, represented the culmination of a women’s rights discourse within early Chartism, documented by previous historians. The article concludes by comparing the women’s rights discourse in early Chartism and other contemporary feminisms with that deployed by the WRA.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: History; 2103 Historical Studies
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2020 16:46
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2020 10:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25856

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