Global Feminisms, c. 1870–1930: vocabularies and concepts - a comparative approach

Kathryn Gleadle, Zoe Thomas

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1209–1224
Number of pages16
JournalWomen's History Review
Issue number7
Early online date22 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • global feminism
  • comparative history
  • women's suffrage
  • women's rights
  • female empowerment


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