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"THIS GENTLE REVOLUTION": ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF HINDU WOMEN'S SOCIAL REFORM ASSOCIATIONS, 1863-1917

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1979
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This thesis examines the historical and ideological development of Hindu women's social reform associations from their inception in 1863 up to the women's enfranchisement movement in 1917. Women's associations, founded by male middle class social and religious reform organizations, sought to influence public opinion against child marriage, polygamy, illtreatment of widows, legal restrictions against women, and the denial of education to women. The first independent women's association, established in 1882, encouraged women's education and facilitated women's movement into public life. After 1900, women's associations were no longer exclusively middle class oriented, and goals were extended to include women's occupational training as woman's self-reliance grew in popularity. Hindu women's social reform associations utilized an extraordinary blend of tradition and western liberal humanitarianism which quelled women's fear of departure from normative social behavior as they created new roles for women in Hindu society.
Title: "THIS GENTLE REVOLUTION": ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF HINDU WOMEN'S SOCIAL REFORM ASSOCIATIONS, 1863-1917.
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Name(s): HIRST, MELISSA PATTILLO.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Frazer, Heather, Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1979
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 141 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: This thesis examines the historical and ideological development of Hindu women's social reform associations from their inception in 1863 up to the women's enfranchisement movement in 1917. Women's associations, founded by male middle class social and religious reform organizations, sought to influence public opinion against child marriage, polygamy, illtreatment of widows, legal restrictions against women, and the denial of education to women. The first independent women's association, established in 1882, encouraged women's education and facilitated women's movement into public life. After 1900, women's associations were no longer exclusively middle class oriented, and goals were extended to include women's occupational training as woman's self-reliance grew in popularity. Hindu women's social reform associations utilized an extraordinary blend of tradition and western liberal humanitarianism which quelled women's fear of departure from normative social behavior as they created new roles for women in Hindu society.
Identifier: 13995 (digitool), FADT13995 (IID), fau:10817 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1979.
Subject(s): Hindu women
Women--India--Social conditions
Women's rights--India
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