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The Inception of Women's Movements

The writing of women's history has always been closely connected with feminist politics and also with changes in the discipline of history itself. When females were concerned with inequalities in their own lives they usually turned to history in order to understand the roots of this awful oppression and to see what they could find out from challenges, which had been made in the past. If a female’s role could be be socially constructed within a certain historical context, rather than universal or natural, then the followers of feminism could argue that it was open to change.

Activists of the first organized female movement of the late 19th as well as early 20th centuries came to a conclusion that females were mostly absent from standard history texts, accordingly it inspired them to write their own histories. Detailed studies of females’ works, trade unionism as well as political activities were carried out by such authors as Barbara Drake, Barbara Hutchins and Alice Clark.

Suffrage campaigners were very anxious that the achievement of the vote, and also females’ part in gaining this victory, shouldn’t be lost from view and hence, they actively participated in constructing a narrative of the campaign, which would have a long-lasting impact on subsequent generations of historians. The Suffragette Fellowship along with the Library of the London Society for Women's Service were established in the 1920s with the only purpose to gather corresponding source material regarding the militant as well as constitutional sides of the movement, while a great number of campaigners wrote autobiographies about the suffrage years. Sylvia Pankhurst and Ray Strachey, both participants in the suffrage campaign, created histories of the movement, which are now considered to be classical texts.

With the fragmentation of the female movement after the First World War, these pioneering histories seemed to have been lost from view. Females’ history continued to be created – there was a revived interest in the history of women’s suffrage during the 1950s and early 60s, although these studies had minor impact on the writing of history, but more on the academic curriculum.

It was the Women's Liberation Movement or so-called second wave feminism, right from the late 1960s, which would have the greatest influence on the writing of females’ history. Once again political activists pointed to the lack of references to females in standard texts and tried to re-discover women's active role in the past.

The writing of women's history has always been closely connected with feminist politics and also with changes in the discipline of history itself. When females were concerned with inequalities in their own lives they usually turned to history in order to understand the roots of this awful oppression and to see what they could find out from challenges, which had been made in the past.

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