Pioneering Women: Promiscuity, Prostitution and the Moral Policing of Women in Early to Mid-20th

To commemorate the centenary of the passing of The Representations of The Peoples Act 1918, our annual public lecture series this year celebrates women from the north west of the U.K whose work impacted on the lives of generations in the 19th and 20th centuries.

With Dr Sam Caslin, University of Liverpool

Dr Caslin discusses the work of vigilance patrollers and women police who patrolled Liverpool's streets for much of the twentieth century. These patrollers drew upon fears about 'white slavery' and working-class immorality in order to justify their interventions into the lives of working-class women. She argues that though the influence of the patrollers went into decline in the post-war years, their ideas continued to shape policy debates about prostitution and attitudes towards women's use of public space.

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