Dr Gillian Scott

Gillian Scott

arts research University of Brighton

Scholarly biography and interests

Gill Scott is a British social historian whose research is concerned with the relationship between feminist ideas and the organisation of working-class women, particularly within the co-operative and labour movements. Her main focus has been the history of the Women's Co-operative Guild, an auxiliary body of the British Consumers' Co-operative movement, about which she has published several articles, and a monograph ('"Feminism and the Politics of Working Women": the Women's Co-operative Guild 1880s to the Second World War', UCL Press, 1998). This has led into a variety of national and international collaborative projects: as part of the College of Arts and Humanities' 'Gender and Built Space' Research Group, on the contribution of working-class women's organisations to the development of post-war housing policy in Britain; with members of the international co-operative movement on Co-operation and the Pursuit of Peace; with French and British colleagues, on the British suffrage movement, women's movements and women's democratic participation.

Gillian Scott’s research interests are primarily focused in the histories of feminism; the lives of working women in 19th and 20th century Britain; social and political movements of women; women’s involvement in consumers’ co-operation; and gender relations in the labour movement.  She is currently engaged in further research and writing on class and gender tensions within the early suffrage movement and the experiences and contributions of working-class women to the struggle for the vote. The immediate focus for this is a paper entitled ‘Votes for Which Women? The English Women’s Co-operative Guild and the Suffrage, 1904 -1914' that has been accepted for the ‘Labouring Feminism Conference’, to be held in Stockholm, 28-31 August 2008.

She is interested in supporting postgraduate work that is concerned with the histories of feminism; the lives of working women in 19th and 20th century Britain; social and political movements of women; women’s involvement in consumers’ co-operation; gender relations in the labour movement. 

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