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Victorian Feminists$
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Barbara Caine

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204336.001.0001

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Victorian Feminism and After: The 1890s and Beyond

Victorian Feminism and After: The 1890s and Beyond

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Victorian Feminists

Barbara Caine

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines feminism in Victorian England during the 1890s and beyond. It argues against the view the the 1890s was a dead period for English feminism. It explains that this period saw the improvement in women's employment opportunities, the increase in the number of women in universities, and the expansion of women's public role in terms of local government and education. During this period, feminist ideas also developed in new literary forms and organized over questions of women's sexuality and their autonomy. This was also a period of change and conflict for the feminists in this study: Emily Davies, Frances Power Cobbe, Josephine Butler, and Millicent Garrett Fawcett.

Keywords:   feminism, England, employment, women in government, feminist ideas, Emily Davies, Frances Power Cobbe, Josephine Butler, Millicent Garrett Fawcett

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