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Women and Lancashire Conservatism Between the Wars

Fleming, Neil ORCID: (2017) Women and Lancashire Conservatism Between the Wars. Women's History Review, 26 (3). pp. 329-349. ISSN 0961-2025 Online: 1747-583X

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The activism of women Conservatives helped Tory democracy to adapt and survive in inter-war Lancashire at a time when it was under strain due to the arrival of Labour as a significant electoral force. This article utilises the surviving records of the party in Lancashire to examine the various ways that women entered, navigated, justified and expanded their membership and function in inter-war Conservatism. It acknowledges the limits on women's advancement and influence, but it also highlights how some women made significant progress in rising through the party structures, and how women's branches facilitated this political mobility. It challenges the assumption that women Conservatives were preoccupied with sociability and discussing domestic issues, and reveals their contribution to the electoral success of the party at local level, and interaction with Lancashire's distinct tradition of Conservatism.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Lancashire, conservatism between wars, activism of women, democracy, political mobility, electoral success
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
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Depositing User: Neil Fleming
Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 09:30
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 04:00

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