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

By G. Maguire

The first aim of Maguire's research is to contemplate the evolution of women's function within the Conservative get together because the time of Disraeli and take a look at to evaluate no matter if it has continuously been one in every of development. to do that she examines not just the perspective of girls to the social gathering and the reliable angle of the occasion in the direction of girls but additionally the measure of recognition that Conservative males have proven in the direction of ladies contributors. It considers ladies in any respect degrees, from that of the voter to the grassroots association to nationwide politics.

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4 Churchill, Wolff and Gorst had noticed the popularity of Disraeli's memory both in the country and in the party. They therefore determined to harness Disraeli for their own purposes. It was generally believed that Disraeli's favourite flower had been the primrose. The main evidence for this was that Queen Victoria had sent him primroses during his last illness and had had a wreath of them made for his funeral. In any case, the question of whether Disraeli really liked primroses is completely beside the point.

Most of the habitations were mixed, that is, included both men and women. Of these mixed habitations, the figures for 1887-9 show that one in four of them were led by women. Furthermore, in many cases where the leader (or Ruling Councillor to give the official title) was a man, he had a female deputy. There seems to be little doubt that in some cases the man was simply a figurehead while the deputy, called a Dame President, actually did most of the work. 19 Other offices were also frequently held by women, although at the national level women were less important.

But while our independent work belongs to a less ambitious, and less turbulent sphere, there is every reason why we should develop the faculty of "thinking aloud", and of putting our thoughts into clear and persuasive speech. 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.

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