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ERIC Number: EJ778157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-760X
Christian Feminism in Action: Kate Cocks's Social Welfare Work in South Australia, 1900-1950
Trethewey, Lynne
History of Education, v36 n6 p715-734 Nov 2007
Utilizing a biographical approach and network analysis, this article examines one South Australian woman's life of public and Methodist social welfare service in the post-suffrage era. It is argued that although Kate Cocks (1875-1954) viewed her welfare work as "a God-given mission", as "practical Christian service", personal contact with the prominent nineteenth-century social reformer, Catherine Helen Spence, and her links with various women's organizations were central to Miss Cocks's career and commitment to feminist causes. Operating across the gender divide yet within the bounds of conventional femininity, Kate's achievements (being British Commonwealth firsts in several notable respects) were of considerable interest to early twentieth-century reformists interstate and overseas. At home she was eulogized as "Everybody's Friend". (Contains 57 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia