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Alice Henry: The Power of Pen and Voice : The Life of an Australian-American Labor Reformer - Diane Kirkby

Alice Henry: The Power of Pen and Voice

The Life of an Australian-American Labor Reformer

Hardcover Published: 26th April 1991
ISBN: 9780521391023
Number Of Pages: 280

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In this, the first biography of Alice Henry (1857-1943), Diane Kirkby presents us with an intelligent, formidable woman of great energy who was a pioneer in both the Australian and American labour movements early this century and a feminist who fought for the rights of millions of women in both countries. After a childhood largely spent in the Australian bush, Alice Henry became a journalist and suffragist in Melbourne, where she witnessed the growth and upheavals of the Australian labour movement and consequent experiments in state regulation of industrial relations. During her 28 years in America she became a prominent figure in the Women's Trade Union league and campaigned for the rights of wage-earning women using her powers of 'pen and voice' as a writer and lecturer. Through empathising with Alice Henry, readers can increase their understanding of a critical period in history, when progressive networks were far more international than might be expected and women played a central role in the creation of the welfare state.

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"With insight, skill, and empathy, Kirkby contextualizes the life of a representative woman of the educated middle class who embraced the need to be self-supporting...In recovering Henry's 'industrial feminism,' Kirkby has made a major contribution to the debate over what constituted early twentieth-century feminism." The Journal of American History

Introduction
Childhood in a new country: the early years, 1857-1884
The sistership of womanhood: an international feminist 1884-1905
Suffragizing the labour movement: working for the W.T.U.L. 1906-1910
Not mere philanthropy: editing Life and Labor 1911-1915
The Trade Union Woman: feminism and industrial legislation 1915-1920
Tapping the untouched possibilities: educating women for industrial democracy 1920-1926
Letters and a common past: the numbing defeat of old age 1927-1943
Epilogue
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ISBN: 9780521391023
ISBN-10: 0521391024
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 26th April 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 17.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.77

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