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Sex, Gender and the Conservative Party: From Iron Lady to Kitten Heels

posted on 2023-06-07, 22:56 authored by Sarah Childs, Paul WebbPaul Webb
Sex, Gender and the Conservative Party provides a comprehensive gendered analysis of the contemporary Conservative party. The modernization of the Conservative Party under David Cameron's leadership has garnered much comment. However, scholars have rarely considered the role of feminization in this. As leader of the party, Cameron inherited a multi-faceted gender problem: only 17 women MPs; an unhappy women's organization; electorally uncompetitive policies 'for women'; and a party which was seemingly unattractive to women voters. Written by leading gender politics and party scholars this book draws on extensive new empirical research to fill this gap. It examines how the party sought to increase the number of Conservative women MPs and looks at the nature and role of the women's organizations. It also analyzes how the party 'acted for women' in the 2005 Parliament, the nature of its electoral offer to women in 2010 and how party members and voters responded to the party's feminization efforts.


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Palgrave Macmillan





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