Mrs Brown is a Man and a Brother! - Women in Merseyside's Political Organisations 1890-1920, by Krista Cowman
Published by Liverpool University Press in 2004, 196 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N2558)
Brand New Book
This book draws on a variety of sources including branch records, personal papers and local newspapers to offer a detailed regional study of women's politics in Britain 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, and as such it investigates the membership, activities and campaigning methodologies of a variety of formal politial organisations ranging from branches of national auxilary 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 book describes how, at the local level, suffrage campaigners could select from a variety of organisations ranging from the Women's Social and Political Union and National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies to the Church League for Women's Suffrage, and considers the reasoms why individuals selected particular sites for their activity. The impact of the autonomous, 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 period and investigates the new alliances that were formed when earlier societies contracted or closed