Relief Work and Refugees: Susanne Rouviere Day (1876-1964) on War as Women's Business.

TitleRelief Work and Refugees: Susanne Rouviere Day (1876-1964) on War as Women's Business.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMcAvoy, Sandra
JournalWomen's History Review
Pagination397 - 413
Date Published05/2018

This article focuses on the war writing of Susanne Rouviere Day, Irish writer, Poor Law Guardian and spokeswoman for the nonmilitant Munster Women's Franchise League (MWFL), who was a volunteer with the Religious Society of Friends War Victims' Relief Committee from mid-1915 to early 1917. It relates reports of speeches made by Day, in December 1914 and January 1915, to Irish and international feminist-pacifist discourse, the concerns of the Union of Democratic control, and developments within the MWFL. It suggests that Day's 1918 book, Round About Bar-le-Duc, a recently rediscovered manuscript, 'St Martin's Cloak', and a 1916 article in The Englishwoman provide different perspectives on Quaker relief work in France from those in memoirs by writers such as A. Ruth Fry and Owen Stephens, and that they are valuable resources in the process of recovering refugee experiences in the aftermath of the battles of the Marne and Verdun. [From the Author]

Short TitleWomen's History Review
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