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Conservative CenturyThe Conservative Party since 1900$
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Anthony Seldon and Stuart Ball

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202387

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202387.001.0001

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The Party and Women

The Party and Women

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This chapter examines the role, organization, and influence of women in the party at all levels, and assesses the issue of Conservative attitudes and policies towards women's issues. It clarifies the paradox that lies at the heart of the relationship between women and the Conservative Party: despite their crucial support as members and voters, few have achieved positions of power within the party. The chapter notes that ambivalence was the trademark of the Conservative Party's attitude towards women, and discusses that the fact that the domination of selection committees by women activists in recent decades has not only not changed this, but has often been a positive hindrance.

Keywords:   women, Conservative Party, voters, ambivalence, women activists

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