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Author Campbell, Beatrix.

Title The iron ladies : why do women vote Tory? / Beatrix Campbell
Published London : Virago, [1987]


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 MELB  324.24104 Cam/Ilw  AVAILABLE
Description 314 pages ; 20 cm
Contents 1. The Primrose League -- 2. The Olde Worlde -- 3. The New World -- 4. Patriarchal polls -- 5. War and peace -- 6. The fugitives -- 7. The moral crusade -- 8. Equal in the sight of God -- 9. To be or not to be a woman -- 10. The candidate -- 11. Sex and power
Summary Edwina Currie's startling claim is in sharp contrast with another Tory woman's view: she too is a Thatcher supporter but precisely because 'women are stronger than men and have a different approach'. The voices of 'iron ladies' like these ring out everywhere, trenchant, axious, determined, dutiful. The issues that concern them - sex and morality, law and order, defence, education, the family - are widely thought to unit them. Yet is there a representative Tory women's view? Tracing back to the first women active in party politics, Beatrix Campbell describes how the female members of the Primrose League, established in 1883, canvassed and campaigned so vigorously for their men that they were often though 'unwomanly'. And through the inter-war years to the present day they've continued to work tireless for a party at once dependent on their dedication and support yet resistant to their asserting a clear agenda for themselvs within it. Theirs is a state of responsibility without power. It is this issue which lies at the heart of Beatrix Campbell's exploration of Tory Party women - living under a politics of paternalism which appears to give women and their concerns a central place but denies them the possibility of real
Analysis Great Britain Political parties Conservative Party Women members Political behaviour
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references: pages 299-307
Subject Conservative Party (Great Britain)
Women -- Political activity -- Great Britain.
Author Conservative Party
ISBN 0860686892