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Women, Social Leadership, and the Second World WarContinuities of Class$
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James Hinton

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243297.001.0001

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Integrating the Working Class

Integrating the Working Class

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(p.66) 4 Integrating the Working Class
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Women, Social Leadership, and the Second World War
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James Hinton (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243297.003.0004

This chapter examines the attempts of the national WVS leadership to reach out to working-class female activists, often against opposition from both the established middle-class social leaders in charge of local groups, and the main organizations of working-class housewives. Despite repeated overtures to the Women's Co-operative Guild and the Labour Party, Lady Reading was unable to break down the long-standing suspicion with which Labour women regarded the middle-class women's movement, and such co-operation as there was tended to be grudging and seen by the Labour women as a temporary wartime expedient. While Conservative women sought to reinforce their claims to social leadership by active participation in the non-partisan women's movement, Labour women tended to pursue political influence through strictly policed boundaries of party and class, using the power bestowed by universal suffrage to organize a counter-hegemony on the terrain of local government politics.

Keywords:   Women's Voluntary Service, social leadership, Britain, Women's Co-operative Guild, Labour Party

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