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Women in Ulster politics, 1890-1940 : a history not yet told /
Diane Urquhart.
imprint
Dublin ; Portland, Or. : Irish Academic Press, 2000.
description
276 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0716526271
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imprint
Dublin ; Portland, Or. : Irish Academic Press, 2000.
isbn
0716526271
local note
Series statement from jacket.
catalogue key
3830537
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-267) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Diane Urquhart is an assistant lecturer in the School of Modern History, Queen's University, Belfast.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2001-01-01:
Until the 1980s, Irish history was limited to accounts of political events, great men's exploits, and tales of Nationalists or Unionists. The "new historians" of Ireland like Urquhart are producing studies that balance the roles of participants and eschew partisanship. She examines the role of women in the Ulster Women's Unionist Council, the Nationalist Association of Irish Women, and other political organizations. Always placing their Unionist or Nationalist loyalties first, these women persisted in their campaign for women's suffrage. While men handled the finances of the workhouses, women as elected guardians of the poor gained local political experience by working directly with poor women and children and on issues affecting the sanctity of the home. Urquhart finds that suffrage (not universal until 1928) did not emancipate women, create a female voting bloc, produce women candidates for national office, or determine women's political life. Rather, their ongoing "gendered" political activities at the local level enhanced women's political stature and brought a "domestic milieu to the political agenda." This common experience of women in politics has not been told until now with such sound scholarship. Upper-division undergraduates and above. C. M. McGovern; Frostburg State University
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Main Description
ëIn this pioneering study, Urquhart provides a highly detailed, thoughtful disquisition on the gendering of womenís political activity and the historical patterns that developed along sectarian lines very early on in twentieth century Ulster politics.íSigns ëWorking on an under-researched area, [Urquhart] has skilfully uncovered fascinating information about the early women pioneers of public service. She makes great use of an array of sources including minute books, newspapers and autobiographical material to piece together the fragments of these womenís histories.í Irish Studies Review
Bowker Data Service Summary
Focusing particularly on the political role of women in North-East Ulster and specifically on the suffrage campaign, Diane Urquhart's study covers the period 1890 to 1940. The author examines the huge impact of enfranchisement.
Main Description
In this pioneering study, Urquhart provides a highly detailed, thoughtful disquisition on the gendering of womens political activity and the historical patterns that developed along sectarian lines very early on in twentieth century Ulster politics.Signs Working on an under-researched area, [Urquhart] has skilfully uncovered fascinating information about the early women pioneers of public service. She makes great use of an array of sources including minute books, newspapers and autobiographical material to piece together the fragments of these womens histories. Irish Studies Review
Unpaid Annotation
This work covers the period 1890-1940 and focuses on the political role of women in north-east Ulster, specifically the suffrage campaign, women's involvement in unionist and nationalist associations and in municipal and national politics. The extent, diversity and significance of women's political participation has been uncovered both as ancillary workers and in the elective positions of MP, poor law guardian and local government councillor. The impact of women's enfranchisement in changing women's political stature has also been analysed, as have the methods deployed by women to exert political influence.In spite of the variance of aims and levels of support which existed between groups of politically active women in the province, there are striking similarities in the role which women were assigned, and occasionally assigned for themselves, within the unionist movement and many facets of cultural, constitutional and republican nationalism. In addition, the expectations of nineteenth-century local government reformers concerning the type of work which women would perform in elective positions were largely fulfilled. Both female p
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Lists of Tables and Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The campaign for Women's Suffragep. 7
Women in Unionist Politicsp. 46
Women in Nationalist Politicsp. 85
Women Poor Law Guardiansp. 118
Women Local Government Councillorsp. 150
Women Members of the Parliament of Northern Irelandp. 175
Conclusionp. 199
Ulster suffrage societies, with their date of establishmentp. 205
Details of the Women's Social and Political Union's militant campaign in Ulsterp. 206
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 269
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