In "The Politics of British Feminism", Olive Banks follows the history of the women's movement from the achievement of suffrage in 1918 to the revival of feminism in the late 1960s. Offering new insight on a neglected period of women's history, this important volume seeks to place the women's movement in its wider context while exploring the nature of anti-feminism, as well a feminism, over half a century of turbulent history. Centring on the campaigns fought by different sections of the women's movement between 1918 and 1970, this book examines in turn autonomous feminist groups, women in the labour movement, and female MPs. The co-operation and conflict between these three groups is explored in detail. The second part examines the campaigns these groups fought, including attempts to secure equal pay, and analyzes the reasons for their successes and failures. The unwillingness of the main political parties to sympathize with the goals of the women's movement is carefully assessed.
Providing an overview of a previously neglected period, "The Politics of British Feminism" should be welcomed by students and teachers of women's history as well as by interested historians, sociologists and political scientists.