Feminist Anglo-Saxonism?: Representations of 'Scotch' Women in the English Women's Press in the Late Nineteenth Century

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The starting point for this discussion is the representation of Scotswomen in English women's periodicals in the 1870s and 1880s. In the Women's Suffrage Journal and the Women's Penny Paper Scotswomen feature as partners in a British women's movement. The greatest acknowledgement of cultural or ethnic differences is recognition of distinct Scottish and English legal systems, and of the campaigns for the parliamentary reform of these systems. Contemporary notions about Lowland Scots' Teutonic heritage in addition to the networks which linked Edinburgh to London helped to minimize discussion of Scotswomen's 'otherness'. In this way, the representation of 'Scotch' women emphasized a shared 'British' women's struggle rather than potential ethno-national differences.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/147800407X219241

Affiliations: Independent Scholar

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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