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Gendering Compassion: Women and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

  • Author / Creator
    Elves, Erika A
  • British women significantly impacted the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) during its formative period, 1824-1850. Through the adoption and imaginative use of the female gender norms of nineteenth century British society, philanthropic women influenced their society through compassionate volunteerism. The women who worked with the RSPCA used their personal influence within their families, their social circles, and society at large to promote animal welfare. They attended meetings. They participated in educational initiatives, such as the creation and distribution of tracts and pamphlets. These women both sought out and donated funds, adding significant sums to the Society's coffers. They witnessed and reported animal cruelty and then testified in court. Although they were initially not welcomed onto the formal Committee, they were the driving force behind the development of auxiliary societies in other areas of England and Ireland. Women were vital to the development of the RSPCA.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R30T04
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of History and Classics
  • Specialization
    • History
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Samson, Jane (History and Classics)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Hamilton, Susan (English and Film Studies)
    • Heath, Deana (History and Classics)
    • Samson, Jane (History and Classics)