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From the early 19th to mid-20th century, upper- and middle-class British women organized hundreds of associations, clubs, unions, and professional and political bodies to protest the fact that women were excluded from organizations developed by men. This authoritative work presents information concerning more than 500 sports associations, social clubs, and professional, religious, and political bodies organized by and for women in Britain, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, 1825-1960. Entries are arranged alphabetically by organization name, with cross-references from variant, earlier, or later names. For each organization, entries supply, where available, dates, known addresses, purpose, aims or goals, names of founding officers and notable members, largest membership 1825-1960, and current status and name. An extensive bibliography lists primary sources such as published annuals and yearbooks, monthlies and weeklies, and feminist periodicals. These sources and hundreds of photographs and unpublished archival materials are currently stored in more than ten British libraries. Recommended for archives, history, sociology, or women's studies collections in college and university libraries. R. L. Ruben Western Illinois University
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