Ladies Elect: Women in English Local Government 1865-1914

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Fifty years before British suffragettes fought to have the parliamentary vote, women in late Victorian and Edwardian England were able to elect and be elected to local district councils, school boards, and poor law boards. Based on the records of over twenty towns and ten rural districts, this pioneering study explores the world of the women who held office on behalf of other women, children, the elderly, and the sick in mind and body. A remarkable study of the clients they fought for, the victories they won, and the hostilities they faced, Ladies Elect shows how, in many cities and counties, these women were a stronger political presence in 1900 than in modern times.

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Patricia Hollis is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Honorary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, and member of the House of Lords.

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`Review from previous edition Ladies Elect fills a major gap in the literature on Victorian and Edwardian women and is likely to remain the standard work on women in English local government.
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`Ladies Elect is much more that just a factual historical account of women's participation in local government ... It enriches our knowledge of the difficulties that women faced as candidates, while at the same time broadening our perspective on the problems they encountered over education,
the Poor Law and urban conditions.'
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`a major contribution to the study of each of the subjects in her title, the history of women and the history of local government.'
English Historical Review

`While her book is very moving in places, particularly when describing in detail the work of women on local authorities, the author's approach remains scholarly and critical throughout ... an absorbing and rewarding read.'
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`Review from previous edition Ladies Elect fills a major gap in the literature on Victorian and Edwardian women and is likely to remain the standard work on women in English local government.
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