Ladies of the Shoe Trade: Philanthropy, Politics and the Social Significance of the Wives of Prominent Shoe Manufacturers in Northampton, 1870 - 1950

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This study questions the motivations and social significance of philanthropy in the boot and shoe industry in Northampton using the case studies of the wives and daughters of the prominent manufacturers during the defined period of 1870 to 1950. By considering the evidence of philanthropic activities by the wives and daughters there are significant examples which set out the key motivations of politics, religion, and social significance. This paper will look at examples from five women who were married to local boot and shoe manufacturers and how their actions provide testimony to the importance of women's philanthropy during the nineteenth and twentieth century. The paper also considers the importance of women's history within a local history study as well as showing women's contribution to society and their local community and whether these women were influenced by their fathers and husbands in the positions that they held or the involvement they had within both local and national organisations and movements during the period.
Period2 Feb 2022
Held atCentre for the Study of Women & Gender (Warwick), United Kingdom