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Forgotten Wives: How Women Get Written Out of History

Ann Oakley


Forgotten Wives examines the ways in which the institution and status of marriage has contributed to the active ‘disremembering’ of women’s achievements. Drawing on archives, biographies, autobiographies and historical accounts, the book interrogates conventions of history and biography writing to show how assumptions about marriage and women help to write women out of history. The book uses the case-studies of four women who were active in social and educational reform in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and were married to well-known men: Charlotte Shaw (née Payne-Townshend), ... More

Keywords: Gender inequality, Welfare state, Marriage, Biography, Mary Booth, Charlotte Shaw, Jeannette Tawney, Janet Beveridge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447355830
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447355830.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Oakley, author
UCL Social Research Institute