Conservative Women: A History of Women and the Conservative by G. Maguire

By G. Maguire

The first goal of Maguire's research is to contemplate the evolution of women's function within the Conservative celebration because the time of Disraeli and take a look at to evaluate even if it has continually been certainly one of development. to do that she examines not just the perspective of girls to the occasion and the professional angle of the get together in the direction of girls but additionally the measure of popularity that Conservative males have proven in the direction of girls individuals. It considers girls in any respect degrees, from that of the voter to the grassroots association to nationwide politics.

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I then gave my name. I could see she was shocked and horrified. 43 After women got the right to vote in 1918, Lady Londonderry became one of the first women justices of the peace. She was thus much more Women in the Political Background 25 than a social butterfly. She was undoubtedly a feminist and one who made, in her own way, a not unimportant contribution to the liberation of women. Her role in the Women's Legion shows her to have been independent-minded enough to go against the prejudices of her class.

Churchill, the rather dissipated third son of the Duke of Marlborough, was determined to have a meteoric political career. He and three friends: Henry Gorst, Henry Drummond Wolff, and, more tepidly, Arthur Balfour, Salisbury's nephew, formed a group known at the time and since as the 'Fourth Party'. The Fourth Party attacked Gladstone and his government in vitriolic terms, although their real target was their own leaders. The basic aim of the Fourth Party was the crucifixion of Northcote, a task which they accomplished with much skill and, it must be added, with considerable inadvertent assistance from Northcote himself.

The growth of democracy and the rise of political parties inevitably caused the monarchy to lose most of whatever power still remained to it. By the end of Victoria's reign the Crown had become little more than a figurehead which Edward VII could not and did not even try to restore. However much Victoria might try to influence policy decisions, in most cases - unless her views reflected popular opinion in the country - she could do little. Still, there is no doubt that Victoria enjoyed political influence and power, even when Gladstone was in office.

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