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Author Geddes Poole, Andrea, 1959-
Title Philanthropy and the construction of Victorian women's citizenship : Lady Frederick Cavendish and Miss Emma Cons / Andrea Geddes Poole.
Imprint Toronto (Ont.) : University of Toronto Press, [2014]

Author Geddes Poole, Andrea, 1959-
Subject Cavendish, Lucy, Lady, 1841-1925.
Cons, Emma, 1838-1912.
Women in charitable work -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Women -- Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Citizenship -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Social reformers -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Women philanthropists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 295 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Lucy Cavendish -- Circumventing the Bishops: women's philanthropy and the Church of England -- Emma Cons -- Opera for Lambeth -- The citizens of Morley College -- Philanthropy and citizenship -- Conclusion.
Summary "British social reformers Emma Cons (1838 -1911) and Lucy Cavendish (1841-1924) broke new ground in their efforts to better the lot of the working poor in London: they hoped to transform these people's lives through great art, music, high culture, and elite knowledge. Although they did not recognize it as such, their work was in many ways an affirmation and display of citizenship. This book uses Cons's and Cavendish's partnership and work as an illuminating point of departure for exploring the larger topic of women's philanthropic campaigns in late Victorian and Edwardian society. Andrea Geddes Poole demonstrates that, beginning in the late 1860s, a shift was occurring from an emphasis on charity as a private, personal act of women's virtuous duty to public philanthropy as evidence of citizenly, civic participation. She shows that, through philanthropic works, women were able to construct a separate public sphere through which they could speak directly to each other about how to affect matters of significant public policy -- decades before women were finally granted the right to vote."--Publisher's website.
Note In English.
Print version record.
ISBN 9781442665583 (electronic bk.)
1442665580 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.3138/9781442665583
OCLC # 870314277
Additional Format Print version: Geddes Poole, Andrea, 1959- Philanthropy and the construction of Victorian women's citizenship. Toronto, Canada : University of Toronto Press, [2014] 9781442642317 (OCoLC)860349902

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