International Suffrage Bibliography


Query From Josefin Roennbaeck Dept of History/Stockholm 27 March 1998

...and I am a postgraduate student since 1997...My dissertation is about the Swedish suffragettes and the debate on women's right to vote in Sweden. I will study the arguments used for demanding "full citizenship" and for refusing women's right to vote and stand for parliament 1900-1921. What did citizenship mean to the Swedish suffragettes? A relation to the state or to the nation? Did they distinguish between the state and the nation? Especially journals will be used in a discourse analysis of gender, politics, citizenship and nationalism.

I've just started my project and I'm participating in an interdisciplinary research program called "Gender, Public Politics and Citizenship, 1848-1998" financed by the Swedish Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (i.e. indirectly by the Swedish state).

I know that in Sweden, USA and Australia, the suffrage movement was often linked to the temperance movement. I would like to know if that was the case for other countries?

I am also looking for books about (and scholars studying) the suffrage movement in the non-anglo saxon world (for example, Denmark, France, Germany, Finland). Has someone written about the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (IWSA)?

Responses:

From Amy Aronson aba8@juno.com 30 March 1998

For information about the women's suffrage movement in Denmark, you might contact Kirstin Gomard, who heads Sikvina and (I believe) the women's studies program at University of Aarhus. Her email address is: kvinkg@cfk.hum.aau.dk

From Nancy Marie Robertson nmrobertson@erols.com 30 March 1998

You should take a look at the new book by Leila Rupp *Worlds of Women: The Making of an International Women's Movement* (Princeton: 1997). She had a related article in the *American Historical Review* 99 (1994)---despite its name, it is a journal for scholars from the US rather than about the US. She has extensive bibliographies in her work.

Also Mineke Bosch's work which came out in Dutch as *Lieve Dr. Jacobs* (Amsterdam: Feminnistische Uitgeverij Sara, 1985) and in English as *Politics and Friendship* (Ohio State University, 1990).

Edith Hutwitz, "The International Sisterhood" in Bridenthal & Koonz *Becoming Visible* 1st edition only (Houghton Mifflin Co, 1977).

Seth Koven and Sonya Michel have written or edited several articles, books, and anthologies that look at women in England and the US, but also Germany and France. They have done a lot on state formation and women so may be useful. Although much of her gender work has been on England and the US, Theda Skocpol is probably theoretically useful. See, for instance:
Skocpol and Gretchen Ritter, "Gender and the Origins of Modern Social Policies in Britain and the US" in *Studies in American Political Development* 5 (spring 1991).

Hilda Romer Christensen is working in Danish and English on the YWCA in Denmark, Germany and Great Britain and may have some useful work.

From David Doughan fawcett@lgu.ac.uk 30 March 1998

> I know that in Sweden, USA and Australia, the suffrage movement was > often linked to the temperance movement. I would like to know if that was the case for other countries?

Not in Britain. There was a serious attempt to link the two issues in the 1890s, which is mainly associated with Lady Henry Somerset, but neither the suffragists nor the temperance women were very enthusiastic (for complex reasons).

> Has someone written about the International Woman > Suffrage Alliance (IWSA)?

Yes. Leila J. Rupp, in _Worlds of Women: The Making of an International Women's Movement_ (Princeton, 1998 ISBN 0691016755). This is a thorough study of the international women's movement in the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th centuries, which includes much material on the IWSA/IAW.

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