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Charity and Gender in Late XIXth And Early XXth Centuries France

Charity and Gender in Late XIXth And Early XXth Centuries France
Charity and Gender in Late XIXth And Early XXth Centuries France
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Charity and Gender in Late XIXth And Early XXth Centuries France
Charity and Gender in Late XIXth And Early XXth Centuries France
Charity and Gender in Late XIXth And Early XXth Centuries France
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In the 19th century France, philanthropy was primarily thought to be a personal virtue. At first, women were not intended to be part of the philanthropic world but, then, men from privileged classes realized that their wives and daughters, symbols of family happiness and ladylike sweetness, were the most suited to smooth off class relationships with the poor ones. They granted them with “special qualities”. But the role assigned to women at the Office Central des Oeuvres de Bienfaisance excluded them from the decision-making bodies. They were relegated to the Ladies Auxiliary Committee. As part of the elite, they were only able to act according to how good wives and social events organisers were expected to be. They were embedded in blatant paternalism. Philanthropy did not play an emancipating role for them. On the contrary, it contributed to stress their inferiority. Charitable women eventually came emancipated of their own accord even though no one thought they had any worthwhile qualities.

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Corinne M. Belliard holds a PhD in History and Civilization from the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris. She worked four years as a lecturer at the University François Rabelais in Tours, then as an Associate Professor at the Catholic University, Paris. During this time, she continued her lecturing at the Sorbonne Nouvelle and University Cergy-Pontoise.

She currently lectures at University Paris East. She is involved in various feminist associations. In Britain, she is a member of Women’s History Network. In France, she belongs to Mnemosyne, which promotes the history of women and gender, an association affiliated to the International Federation for Research in Women’s History. She is also a member of two history societies, Feminist Archives, based in Angers and Achieving Equality for Women and Men in Paris.


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Cover Paperback
Pages 159
Size (cm) 14 X 21.6
Size (in) 5.5 X 8.5
Published December 2019
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