Ladies Elect: Women in English Local Government, 1865-1914

Paperback | July 20, 1989

byPatricia Hollis

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Fifty years before the suffragettes fought to have the parliamentary vote, women in England were able to elect and be elected to local district councils, school boards and Poor Law boards. This pioneering study explores the world of those women who held office on behalf of other women,children, the old and the sick. They faced widespread hostility, but such was their success that in many cities and counties they were a stronger presence in 1900 than in 1975. Local government offered that conjunction of "compulsory philanthropy", "municipal housekeeping" and local responsibilitywhich made it a sphere suitable for women. Based on the records of some 20 towns and 10 rural districts, Ladies Elect describes and assesses their work in local government before 1914, and places it in the context of the general movement towards woman's emancipation.

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Fifty years before the suffragettes fought to have the parliamentary vote, women in England were able to elect and be elected to local district councils, school boards and Poor Law boards. This pioneering study explores the world of those women who held office on behalf of other women,children, the old and the sick. They faced widespre...

Patricia Hollis is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Honorary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, and member of the House of Lords.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:566 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.26 inPublished:July 20, 1989Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198221576

ISBN - 13:9780198221579

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Table of Contents

1. Philanthropists, Electors, and Party ActivistsEDUCATION2. The London School Board 1870-19043. English Provincial School Boards 1870-19034. The Election of Ladies 1875-19145. The Work of Women Guardians 1875-1914WOMEN IN COUNCIL6. Women and the Government of London 1888-19007. Rural Life and Local Government 1894-19148. Women and Town Councils 1907-19149. Council Work 1907-1914: A Suitable Job for a Woman?10. Local Government and the Women's Movement

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`Review from previous edition Ladies Elect fills a major gap in the literature on Victorian and Edwardian women and is likely to remain the standard work on women in English local government. 'TLS