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Palgrave Macmillan

Women in British Politics, c.1689-1979

ISBN 9780230545564
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Gender and History

Krista Cowman's highly approachable survey examines some of the areas of women's political activity in Britain from the period of the Glorious Revolution to the election of the first female Prime Minister. Cowman shows how women had worked in a variety of locations and organizations in the decades before the suffrage campaign, and that women's politics did not begin with the demand for a parliamentary vote. The volume also demonstrates how women's political activity continued after equal suffrage in 1928 in a number of directions within and beyond Parliament.

Key topics include:
- court politics in the age of Queen Mary and Queen Anne
- Victorian 'pressure group' politics
- Suffrage campaigns from 1867 to 1928
- the Women's Liberation Movement.

Clear and wide-ranging, this is an essential book for anyone with an interest in the history of British women's involvement with politics over nearly 300 years.

KRISTA COWMAN is Professor of History at the University of Lincoln, UK. She has published widely on the history of women's suffrage and on women in politics before the First World War. She serves on the steering committee of the Women's History Network.

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Shaping the Narrative: Waves, Peaks and Troughs
PART I: FORGING A POLITICAL PRESENCE
From Glorious Revolution to Enlightenment: Women's Political Worlds, 1689-1789
Organized Politics before Suffrage
PART II: THE WOMEN'S MOVEMENT ORGANISES
The Campaign for Women's Suffrage
Women and the Liberal Party
Women and the Conservative Party
Women and Socialism
PART III: WOMEN'S POLITICS AFTER THE VOTE
Women Members of Parliament
Women in Political Parties 1918-1945
Beyond Party Politics - the Reconfiguration of Feminist Organizations 1920-1979
Conclusion
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
 

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'This overview of women and politics broadens the definition of political action and raises some core arguments and ideas that will stimulate discussion. The work offers a good historiographical guide and is a welcome addition to history undergraduate reading lists as a first point of reference for a range of political arenas where women were active.' - Sue Johnson, University of Worcester, UK
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