This book offers the first detailed regional study of women’s politics in the United Kingdom in the period before the First World War. Its purpose is to investigate how women’s politics functioned at the grass roots, away from the schisms and personality clashes of the national political scene. The book investigates the membership, activities and campaigning methodologies of a variety of formal political organisations ranging from branches of national auxiliary bodies such as the Women’s Liberal Federation through women’s involvement in local branches of the Independent Labour Party and on to the autonomous suffrage organisations. The impact of the all-female suffrage campaigns on older political groups in which women still competed with men for positions and policies is also considered. The book extends into the First World War, and investigates the new alliance that were formed when earlier societies contracted or closed
Krista Cowman is Professor of History at the University of Lincoln.
Chapter One- Introduction to Merseyside
Chapter Two- 'The workwomen of Liverpool are sadly in need of reform': Women in Trade Unions, 1890-1914
Chapter Three - Early Political Activity, 1890-1905
Chapter Four - The Liverpool Women's Suffrage Society
Chapter Five - 'A real live organisation': The Liverpool Women's Socuial and Political Union, 1905-14
Chapter Six - Other Suffrage Organisations
Chapter Seven - Later Party Political Activity, 1905-14
Chapter Eight - The War
Chapter Nine - Conclusion - The Erasure of a Way of Life?
April 1, 2004