Kathryn Gleadle & Zoë Thomas, 'Global feminisms, c.1870–1930: vocabularies and concepts—a comparative approach' (Women's History Review, 2018)


Kathryn Gleadle & Zoë Thomas (2018) 'Global feminisms, c. 1870–1930: vocabularies and concepts—a comparative approach', Women's History Review, 27:7, 1209-1224, DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2017.1417685


This ‘Viewpoint’ assesses some recent approaches to the study of feminisms across the globe during the c. 1870–1930 period. At a moment when historians are working towards the commemoration of women's partial enfranchisement in Britain in 1918, we consider the intellectual frameworks that most effectively celebrate this achievement whilst also situating the Act within its complex, global context. Reflecting on discussions held at a recent workshop at the University of Oxford, we advocate the effectiveness of a global and comparative methodological approach to question what ‘feminism’ meant to contemporary campaigners. The scrutiny of localised and national issues within comparative and global contexts illuminates the plurality of definitions, vocabularies, and categories relating to feminism that were being used (and rejected) during this era and raises broader questions for the study and practice of feminist history.

The full article may be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/DxnP9DYnveAhmz6XU3BF/full


Kathryn Gleadle is Professor of Gender and History at Oxford University (Mansfield College). 

Zoë Thomas is a Lecturer in the History of 19th Century Britain and the Wider World at the University of Birmingham.