Appealing to women

Steven Fielding

in The Labour Governments 1964–70 volume 1

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780719043642
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700327 | DOI:
Appealing to women

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This chapter highlights Labour's attempts to draw younger women into the party and how it handled the issue of equal pay once in power. It first outlines the place of women in the party at the start of the 1960s, to locate subsequent events in their proper context. It focuses on Labour's response to women's changing place in society by looking at how officials promoted a variety of organisational reforms designed to increase the number of younger female members. The chapter then discusses Labour's efforts to come to terms with the perceived need to address gender inequality in the later part of the decade. Labour's women activists were in other respects broadly content with the party's emphases. Furthermore, Labour's women also blamed members of their own sex as much as or more than men for inequalities feminists would subsequently deem to be the result of ‘patriarchy’.

Keywords: equal pay; women; Labour; organisational reforms; patriarchy; gender inequality; women activists

Chapter.  11847 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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