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Labour Women in Power

Cabinet Ministers in the Twentieth Century

Authors: Bartley, Paula

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  • Examines why so few women have historically been appointed as Labour Party Cabinet Ministers
  • Shows how the only five female Labour Cabinet Ministers prior to 1997 influenced, and were influenced by, the prevailing culture in parliament
  • Explores the social, cultural and political dynamics affecting the lives of twentieth-century female Labour Party Cabinet Ministers
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About this book

This book examines the political lives and contributions of Margaret Bondfield, Ellen Wilkinson, Barbara Castle, Judith Hart and Shirley Williams, the only five women to achieve Cabinet rank in a Labour Government from the party’s creation until Blair became Prime Minister. Paula Bartley brings together newly discovered archival material and published work to provide a survey of these women, all of whom managed to make a mark out of all proportion to their numbers. Charting their ideas, characters, and formative influences, Bartley provides an account of their rise to power, analysing their contribution to policy making, and assessing their significance and reputation. She shows that these women were not a homogeneous group, but came from diverse family backgrounds, entered politics in their own discrete way, and rose to power at different times. Some were more successful than others, but despite their diversity these women shared one thing in common: they all functioned in a male world.

About the authors

Paula Bartley is a feminist historian who has written widely on, and promoted, women’s history. She is the author of The Changing Role of Women (1996), Prostitution (1999), Votes for Women (2007), and also biographies of Emmeline Pankhurst (2002), Ellen Wilkinson (2014), and Queen Victoria (2016).


Reviews

“It is really shocking that the earliest women Cabinet Ministers have almost been forgotten.  Most haven’t heard of Margaret Bondfield - the first.  Many have heard of Ellen Wilkinson, but few know she was a Cabinet Minister. Judith Hart is almost lost.  Not so Barbara Castle and Shirley Williams.  These are the total sum of Labour Cabinet Ministers up to 1997.  Paula Bartley has produced a highly readable and informative history.  It is really important that these women’s achievements are remembered and celebrated.” (Clare Short, Former MP, 1983-2010, and Secretary of State for International Development 1997-2003, UK)

“This fascinating and scholarly study is a key text for anyone with an interest in women’s history and politics.” (Maggie Andrews, Professor of Cultural History, University of Worcester, UK)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-19

    Bartley, Paula

  • A Woman in a Man’s World: Margaret Bondfield’s Early Career, 1873–1929

    Pages 21-53

    Bartley, Paula

  • Over the Glass Cliff: The First Female Cabinet Minister, 1929–1953

    Pages 55-86

    Bartley, Paula

  • The Mighty Atom: Ellen Wilkinson, 1891–1945

    Pages 87-113

    Bartley, Paula

  • The First Female Minister of Education, 1945–1947

    Pages 115-134

    Bartley, Paula

Buy this book

eBook £17.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-14288-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover £22.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-14287-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Labour Women in Power
Book Subtitle
Cabinet Ministers in the Twentieth Century
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-14288-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-14288-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-14287-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 324
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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