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For Women, for Wales, and for Liberalism

Women in Liberal Politics in Wales 1880-1914

This much-needed history remembers those women in Wales who—at the end of the nineteenth century and before World War I—fought for and won their right to vote and to hold public office. Ursula Masson documents the countless efforts that these determined women made toward achieving equality, comparing and contrasting their agenda with that of their English counterparts and defining those aspects that were distinctly Welsh.

251 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2010

Gender Studies in Wales

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“This is a wonderful work of reconstruction from difficult sources. Ursula Masson makes a vital contribution to several aspects of modern Welsh history and provides a key part of the story of the women’s suffrage movement in Wales, a dimension that enhances recent research on campaigning pressure groups in Wales. It combines general analysis for the whole of Wales with intense, fascinating studies of the contrasting communities of Cardiff and Aberdare. The work behind these is as thorough, and as revealing, as an archaeological dig.”

Neil Evans, Cardiff University

Table of Contents




Part I: The Three Dimensions of Women’s Liberal Politics in Wales, 1880–1914

1   ‘A groove to work in’: Women’s Liberal Organization in Wales, 1880–1914

2   ‘Women, Awake!’ The Welsh Union of Women’s Liberal Associations and the

     Impact of Women’s Suffrage

3   ‘The spoken centre’? The Welsh Union of Women’s Liberal Associations and the

     National Movement in Wales

Part II: Politics, Place and Gender: Two Case Studies

4   ‘Life in earnest’: Aberdare Women’s Liberal Association, 1891–1914

5   Out of ‘villadom’: Cardiff Women’s Liberal Association, 1890–1900

6   ‘Are not women to be included in the people?’ Cardiff Women’s Liberal Association,



Appendix: 1894 Elections for Board of Guardians, Cardiff Union: Brief Biographies of Women 




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