International Handbooks on Gender series
Edited by Simona Sharoni, Julia Welland, Linda Steiner and Jennifer Pedersen
Chapter 20: Gender and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the 1960s
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) was a key British organization advocating peaceful solutions to the Cold War through unilateral British nuclear disarmament. In its first phase (1958–68) CND both reflected traditional gender norms – expecting female members to support the work of male leaders and encouraging women to become members due to their roles as mothers and carers – and challenged these norms – encouraging men to embrace a peace-loving and nurturing role and women to be politically active. This chapter examines both the gendered activities and rhetoric of the first phase of CND, arguing that the organization’s gender dynamics were complicated and multi-dimensional but should still be seen as contributing to changing gender norms in this period and the following decades.
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