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Framing claims for women: from ‘old’ to ‘new’ Labour

Lovecy Jill

in Women and New Labour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348289
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304302 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348289.003.0004
Framing claims for women: from ‘old’ to ‘new’ Labour

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This chapter reviews the stance of the Labour Party on women and feminising politics from so-called ‘old’ to New Labour, illustrating how feminist activists within the party were able to mobilise their demands. The British Labour Party was participating in a rising trend among its sister social-democratic parties, particularly in Europe. The focuses of the episode of strategic framing include collective empowerment of women within the party, empowering executive representation, and empowering individual women party members. It is shown that changes in the party's evolving opportunity structures had less of a direct impact on how feminist activists sought to extend the party's policy commitments to women from the late 1970s through until the early 1990s.

Keywords: British Labour Party; feminising politics; feminist activists; women; executive representation; party members

Chapter.  12182 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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