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Journal Article

Author
O'Brien, Anne
Title
Militant Mothers: Faith, Power and Identity: The Mother's Union in Sydney, 1896-1950
In
Women's History Review
Imprint
vol. 9, no. 1, 2000, pp. 35-53
Abstract

Women's religious organizations can provide insights into the experiences of women usually hidden from historical view within marriage and motherhood. The Mothers' Union in Sydney, the centrally organized association of Anglican women, was an unusual women's organization because its chief function was not fundraising but the "spiritual elevation" of mothers. Examination of its history over the first half of the 20th century reveals how "ordinary" mothers gained identity through membership - indirectly at the expense of other women - and reflects the ambivalent status of mothers in one 20th-century city.

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