‘Shy Women Tories’ in the History of Suffrage and Beyond by Dr Julie Gottleib

About time – the brilliant Dr Julie Gottleib

UK Vote 100: Celebrating 100 years of the Vote in 2018 in the UK Parliament

Guest post by Dr Julie V. Gottlieb (University of Sheffield)

It is truly remarkable how so many organisations, institutions, media outlets and individuals have been coming together to mark the centenary of (partial) women’s suffrage. This promises to be a ‘year of the women’[1]  due to the widespread awareness of the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act coinciding with the cresting of a new wave of the international women’s movement, propelled by what has felt like a tidal wave of assaults on women’s rights, their bodies, their reputations, and their dignity.

From the heart of the UK government, non-partisan initiatives likes 50:50 Parliament, #AskHerToStand, and VOTE100 are leading the way in bringing more and more women into politics. Another group is Women2Win, founded in 2005 by Anne Baroness Jenkin of Kennington and Theresa May to campaign to increase the representation of Conservative women in Parliament…

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