Churchill, women, and the politics of gender
in Rethinking right-wing women
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This chapter considers the period after 1924, when Winston Churchill returned to the Conservative fold after twenty years in the Liberal Party. It reviews Churchill's early attitudes and actions with respect to female Suffrage. The chapter analyses Churchill's attitude to the extension of the franchise in the 1920s and his record on social and taxation policy as Chancellor of the Exchequer. It also analyses his attitude to women's issues as both Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition in the 1940s and 1950s. The chapter examines how far Churchill constructed his public appeals in gendered terms. It addresses to what extent did he specifically attempt to appeal to women voters and to women as wartime citizens, and how did his efforts fit into the context of the Conservative Party's parallel efforts.

Rethinking right-wing women

Gender and the Conservative Party, 1880s to the present


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