Out of the Shadows: A History of Women in Twentieth-Century Wales

Out of the Shadows: A History of Women in Twentieth-Century Wales

Out of the Shadows: A History of Women in Twentieth-Century Wales

Out of the Shadows: A History of Women in Twentieth-Century Wales

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"Out of the Shadows reveals the story of women's lives in Wales during the twentieth century. In this contribution to the gendered history of Wales, Deirdre Beddoe draws on wide-ranging historical sources, including extensive archival research to illuminate key areas of women's lives - education, health, home life, leisure, politics and waged work. Moreover, this comprehensive study pays attention to regional variations and differing linguistic and cultural traditions and thus offers a pluralist and inclusive vision of Welsh women's identity. In a style that is both lively and learned, Deirdre Beddoe reconstructs the everyday experiences of ordinary women and reassesses the contributions of a number of hitherto neglected female pioneers in a whole range of social and political movements." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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It has taken me a long time to research and write this book and many people have helped me. I wish to thank them all. In particular, the following have given me practical help, advice and encouragement and my thanks go to Jane Aaron, Neil Evans, Angela John, Dot Jones, Sheila Owen Jones, Anne Jones, Janet King, Medwen Roberts, Ted Rowlands MP, Jenny Sabine, Catrin Stevens, Meic Stephens, Mari Williams and Jen Wilson. The help of Ursula Masson of the University of Glamorgan goes almost beyond the realm of thanks, as she read each chapter in this book before publication and was always ready to share her insights with me and to offer advice. Similarly my special thanks go to Pamela Michael, of the University College of North Wales, Bangor, and Avril Rolph, both of whom also kindly read sections of the text. I have relied greatly on the expertise, goodwill and assistance of the staff of many libraries, record offices and museums. I wish to thank the librarian and staff of the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, and in particular Kathie Hughes, Beti Jones and Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan; the Learning Resources Centre at the University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd; Cardiff University Library; the Fawcett Library, London; the Local Studies Department of Cardiff Central Library and Marilyn Jones, Local Studies Librarian, and the staff of Swansea Library and Information Services. Similarly, I wish to thank Susan Edwards and the staff of Glamorgan Record Office and the archivists and staff of all the county record offices in Wales who have always been extremely helpful. My special thanks go too to the late Minwel Tibbott and to Beth Thomas of the Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans. I am also grateful to Teresa Rees, Equal Opportunities Commissioner for Wales, and to Val Feld, former EOC Director for Wales. I would like to thank Kate Bennett, the current EOC Director for Wales, and her staff for the generous use of the EOC library and facilities.

I wish to record my sincere thanks to the Arts Council of Wales for awarding me a travel bursary, which enabled me to conduct my research.

It has been a pleasure to work with the staff of the University of Wales Press. My thanks go to Ned Thomas, who originally commissioned this book, and to Susan Jenkins, Janet Davies, Ceinwen Jones, Ruth Dennis-Jones and Liz Powell . . .

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