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

By G. Maguire

The first goal of Maguire's learn is to contemplate the evolution of women's position within the Conservative get together because the time of Disraeli and check out to evaluate even if it has consistently been one among growth. to do that she examines not just the perspective of ladies to the celebration and the legitimate angle of the occasion in the direction of ladies but additionally the measure of popularity that Conservative males have proven in the direction of ladies contributors. It considers girls in any respect degrees, from that of the voter to the grassroots association to nationwide politics.

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It is not alone at occasional mass meetings and political demonstrations that converts are to be gathered. m The distinction she makes may seem to us to be a question of hairsplitting, but her message to the men was clear: we do not intend to try to rival you for leadership; we are content to stay in the background. It was widely believed that in everyday life, women and men had their own separate spheres: women's sphere was at home, that of men in the world. These first lady members of the Primrose League believed that the same was true in politics.

They hit it off at once, and MacDonald invited her and her husband to Chequers. There is certainly an element of political opportunism in the alacrity with which they accepted MacDonald's offer. In fact, their names are the first to appear in the visitors' book at Chequers under MacDonald's premiership. 40 Th her critics, she certainly deserved her nickname of Circe the Sorceress because of the spell she cast over MacDonald - a spell that led him to break with the rest of his party in 1931 and form a coalition with the Conservatives.

The other main argument against female suffrage was that women were much too apathetic to vote. They simply left political decisions up to the men in their families, and most of them really had no real desire for the vote. Obviously the work of the dames proved at least this argument to be wrong. The League showed that women were interested in politics and able to master the issues. Without even endorsing women's suffrage, the League showed that women were quite capable of exercising it and therefore deserved it.

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