A New Femininity, 1919–1939

  • Sue Bruley
Part of the Social History in Perspective book series (SHP)


This ‘long weekend’ of British history witnessed many important shifts towards contemporary society. But there was a sense in which the First World War could not be left behind. The individual and collective mourning, visible everywhere in human grief and stone memorials, were the outward signs of a society which could never quite come to terms with the trauma of the so-called Great War. Historians are still assessing the impact of the war on British society. Recently, Susan Kingsley Kent has put new emphasis on the paramount need to reassert traditional gender differences after their apparent blurring during the duration of the conflict.1 This has led to a vigorous debate about the nature of ‘new’ feminism in these years. It is apparent, however, that ‘first wave’ feminism as a mass movement was dead, but feminist issues were still doggedly pursued by a dedicated group of predominantly middle-class women.


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