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Elite Women in English Political Life c.1754-1790$
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Elaine Chalus

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280100

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280100.001.0001

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(p.228) 8 Conclusion
Elite Women in English Political Life c.1754-1790

Elaine Chalus (Contributor Webpage)

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The conclusion makes a case for women's involvement in political life, arguing that it needs to be understood in context. By no means all women, even at the level of the political elite, were politically active, yet women were an integral part of the political world of the 18th century. For many, involvement in political life was motivated by familial considerations, but the effectiveness of such involvement should not be underestimated. Furthermore, while questions about whether women made a difference might be hard to evaluate in national terms, in local or personal politics — in terms of places gained, preferments and promotions secured, votes won, and supporters wooed — there can be little doubt that they did.

Keywords:   women, political involvement, political life, 18th century, political elite

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