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The Undesirable Spinster: The Organised Emigration of British Single Women, 1851-1914

Abstract : During the Victorian Era, the emigration of British women was a major topic of concern both in Great Britain and in the British Colonies. Due to a gender imbalance between male and female populations showing in a mid-nineteenth century British census, single women came to be considered in Victorian Britain as a burden and were labelled as "surplus", even "superfluous" women. From there, Victorians took it as an emergency to find a role, a place in society for these women. At the exact same time, the British colonies were experiencing a cruel shortage of British women emigrants to their lands, preventing the proper expansion of Victorian values. Emigration started to emerge as the ideal solution. This dissertation intends to give an overview of the common view on women and their role in society at the time as well as to explore the nature and the effects of the different types of organised emigration to the colonies that were put in place for them as a solution to both their surplus in Great Britain and their shortage in the colonies.
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Coralie Canot. The Undesirable Spinster: The Organised Emigration of British Single Women, 1851-1914. Literature. 2013. ⟨dumas-00935238⟩



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