Women, Welfare and Local Politics 1880-1920: 'We might be trusted'

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Women, Welfare and Local Politics 1880-1920 - now in paperback - offers a reappraisal of the role of women in the politics and practice of welfare in late Victorian and early Edwardian England. Focusing on the Lancashire mill town of Bolton, the book traces the emergence of a core of female social and political activists from the 1860s and analyzes their achievements as they rose from the humble origins of a workhouse visiting committee to become pivotal players in the formulation and implementation of local welfare policy after 1894. Using a unique working diary written by the activist and female poor law Guardian Mary Haslam, the book portrays these Bolton women as sophisticated political operators. The author challenges established notions that women involved in local welfare administration were resented and achieved little, showing their importance in the process by which the Bolton Poor Law Union moved from being one of the most backward and obstructive to one of the most progressive and dynamic in the country, adopting the best practices from Britain and overseas and revolutionizing the material and psychological fabric of the poor law.

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Steven King is a professor of economic history at the University of Leicester. He publishes widely on the history of British and European welfare, 1700–1920 and is the coauthor of The Poor in England 1700–1850: An Economy of Make-shifts.

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“A fascinating and provocative book. . . . King, inspired by Haslam’s political life, attempts to fuse the history of welfare with the history of women’s activism, aiming to rewrite both in the process. . . . A very attractive volume, which has something to offer all those interested in women’s lives in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.”  —Choice

“This is an interesting local and biographical study. . . King provides a vivid and valuable picture of philanthropy and public service among middle-class men and women in one town, and rightly comments that if we are fully to understand activities so important to late Victorian and Edwardian society and politics we need many more such studies, which for this period are all too few.”  —English Historical Review

“In this examination of the life and papers of Mary Haslam, poor law guardian and leader of the women’s movement in Bolton, Steven King sets out to elucidate a number of contentious debates over the influence of women on poor law policy and the development of feminism at the local level. . . . To illustrate Haslam’s activities and the principles behind them, King also makes effective use of her travel diaries and her papers on the campaign for women’s suffrage in Britain. Hers was not only an interesting but also a well-documented life. . . . To a reader interested in the poor law, therefore, the book has much to offer in the way of details of administration on a local level . . . but the principal function of poor law administration in this study is as a pathway to involvement in local politics and the feminist movement. To the study of these issues, the book is certainly a valuable contribution.”  —Journal of Social History

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