Oral History Project- Inspiring young women: Guiding in the 1950s

I am looking to interview someone that was a Girl Guide during the 1950s and 1960s. I want to address the extent to which activities were gendered, and to what extent they diverted from gender norms. It will look at whether these activities were aimed at preparing young girls to become good wives and mothers. Hopefully I will find someone who has stayed in Guiding in some capacity up to the present day, to allow we to address changes over time. I will ask about attitudes towards Guiding, and potentially issues of class, community, religion and personal freedom. This will be a life interview which focusses on the impact of a specific period. It will feed into historiography about childhood and perceptions of Gender, particularly conceptions of the stereotypical 1950s woman.


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