chapter  5
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Feminism, colonial emigration and the new model Englishwoman

In the late 1850s, at around the same time that the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society became the first of the major British-based foreign missionary societies formally to begin employing single women as missionaries overseas, women also began to set up new forms of voluntary organisations in Britain, promoting a secular feminist rather than evangelical reform agenda. This chapter explores the relationship between imperialism and the emergence of this organised feminist movement in Britain between the mid-1850s and the mid-1860s.