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Gender Studies in Wales: For Women, for Wales, for Liberalism - Women in Liberal Politics in Wales, 1880-1914
Ursula Masson
ISBN: 9780708322536 (0708322530)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mawrth 2010
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
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Mae'r gyfrol hon yn edrych ar hanes gwragedd yng ngwleidyddiaeth Ryddfrydol, yn ymgyrchu dros hawliau merched, y bleidlais, a rhyddid llwyr i wragedd ar lwyfan cyhoeddus Cymru, ar ddiwedd y bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg, a hyd at y Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf.

This book explores the neglected history of women who were active in Liberal politics, campaigning for women's rights, the vote, and a full role for women in Welsh public life, at the end of the nineteenth century, and before the First World War.
This book investigates the history of the women’s Liberal organisation in Wales in the thirty-five years before World War I, focusing on the nexus of feminism, political activity and national identity, and tracing the changing relations – and the resulting tensions – between the three elements. It provides a general history for this period of the local Women’s Liberal Associations and the national Welsh Union of Women’s Liberal Associations and of their relations with the (male) Welsh National Liberal Federation and, while considering the general political context, it demonstrates its points by looking in detail at the particular.

It examines Women’s Liberal Associations in two contrasting areas – Aberdare and Cardiff – by a detailed analysis of branch minute books and annual reports as well as contemporary newspaper reports of meetings. In both places, official Liberal attitudes to female suffrage led to meetings being broken up by protesters; in Aberdare a meeting turned into ‘a hooligan carnival’ (to quote a local paper), and events in Cardiff included the forcible gagging of a woman who dared to question the speaker at a public meeting. Lloyd George, once officially a supporter of female suffrage, later announced that women’s right to vote was less important than his fight for ‘the people’ (the secretary of the Cardiff branch asked pertinently if women were not to be included among ‘the people’); in a Cardiff 1910 by-election many women activists supported the Conservative pro-suffrage candidate rather than his Liberal, anti-female-suffrage, opponent and the Liberals, sensationally, lost the seat.

Throughout this period the fight for female suffrage, for Liberalism and for a specifically Welsh identity were in constant tension, and many of the issues raised then are still relevant today (for example, the creation of special sections for groups within a political party, which can then be easily marginalised by the mainstream). This is a thorough and thoughtful account of a subject which has not previously been the subject of study, and makes an important contribution to the writing of Welsh women’s history.

Gwyneth Tyson Roberts

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Dr Ursula Masson, deceased, was based at the University of Glamorgan.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
The over-arching argument of the book is that Welsh women’s Liberal politics was distinctive, in its attempt to integrate an understanding of Liberalism which they shared with their English counterparts, and which included the aim of full equality for women, with a distinctively Welsh political agenda, and constructions of Welsh national identity. These constructions sometimes included a positive view of women in the nation, but in times of political crisis redefined gender on a more reactionary model.
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