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From left to right : maternalism and women's political activism in postwar Canada / Brian T. Thorn.


"In <i>From Left to Right</i>, Brian Thorn explores what motivated Canadian women to become politically engaged in the 1940s and '50s. Although women in these decades are often depicted as being trapped in the suburbs, they joined diverse political parties, including the CCF, Social Credit, and the Communist Party of Canada. Thorn argues, controversially, that while women on the "left" and "right" had different goals, their activism continued to be informed by maternalism. They used their roles as wives and mothers to influence their parties' positions and break down barriers. Along the way, they laid the foundations for the 1960s feminist movement."-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780774832090 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: xi, 243 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Vancouver, BC : UBC Press, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Women no longer need fear want or illness: women on the left -- Ladies, let us hold high the banner of Social Credit! Women on the right -- Peace is the concern of every mother: communist and social democratic women's anti-war activism -- Traveling bags for their trip to Russia: Social Credit women campaign for peace -- The well-being of the home depends on the well-being of the union: women-only organizations -- Healthy activity and worthwhile ideas: confronting juvenile delinquency -- Conclusion.
Subject: Women > Political activity > Canada > History > 20th century.
Women political activists > Canada > History > 20th century.
Feminism > Canada > History > 20th century.
Political parties > Canada > History > 20th century.
Right and left (Political science) > Canada > History > 20th century.

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