‘A new kind of patriotism’?
British women in international politics
in ‘The truest form of patriotism’

This chapter deals with the issues involved in collaborative organisation in greater depth, with reference to the International Council of Women (ICW), which was founded in 1888, and was intended to provide a point of international contact and focus for the feminist movement. The ICW grew steadily across the globe and continues to function today, maintaining a formalised structure built upon the model established in its early years. Patriotisms and nationalisms intruded on the ICW in unexpected and often counter-productive ways. The chapter states that the ICW was originally intended to be an international suffrage association, an idea that came from the US suffragist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, during a tour of Europe in 1882. Committees were appointed for centres in the USA, London, Manchester, Bristol, Scotland, Ireland and finally, France, creating the circumstances for the domination of the Council by British suffragists, in particular the radical suffragist wing of the women's movement.

‘The truest form of patriotism’

Pacifist feminism in Britain, 1870–1902


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