Christabel Pankhurst
A Conservative suffragette?
in Rethinking right-wing women
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The British state obviously considered Christabel Pankhurst as an important figure since during her lifetime, in 1936, she was honoured by being made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. It is only through exploring Christabel's feminist ideas, and placing her as a pioneer of what in the 1970s would become known as 'radical feminism' that we can interrogate and critically assess these cited claims that she was a Conservative suffragette. Pankhurst, the Chief Organiser and key strategist of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), firmly believed that the WSPU could only succeed if it became a national movement that embraced women of all social classes and all political persuasions. Pankhurst in her suffrage years developed a women-centred approach to politics. She advocated a separatist feminist position which called on women to organise together, independent of male political parties.

Rethinking right-wing women

Gender and the Conservative Party, 1880s to the present

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