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Save the Womanhood!Vice, Urban Immorality and Social Control in Liverpool, c. 1900-1976$
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Samantha Caslin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941251

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941251.001.0001

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Experts in Womanhood

Experts in Womanhood

Morality and Social Order Before and During the First World War

(p.14) 1 Experts in Womanhood
Save the Womanhood!

Samantha Caslin

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the development of some of Liverpool’s most significant moral welfare organisations between the late-Victorian period and the end of the First World War. It unpacks the early historical trajectories of the House of Help, the Liverpool Vigilance Association, the Liverpool Catholic Women’s League and the Liverpool Women Police Patrols, and it argues that these organisations continued to view women’s relationship to the city through the lens of Victorian gender ideals. Moreover, the chapter examines how the pioneering and well-intended efforts of these organisations to craft a ‘respectable’ form of public womanhood during the first two decades of the twentieth century were still steeped in presumptions about the immorality of the working class, and working-class women in particular.

Keywords:   Women Police, Catholic Women’s League, House of Help, Philanthropy, Vigilance Association, Surveillance, Working Class

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