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Elaine Chalus

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280100

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280100.001.0001

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Women and the Electoral Process

Women and the Electoral Process

(p.157) 5 Women and the Electoral Process
Elite Women in English Political Life c.1754-1790

Elaine Chalus (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter shifts the focus to women's involvement in the electoral process. It opens with a study of Lady Irwin's extended and successful struggle for control over her borough of Horsham against the duke of Norfolk in the last quarter of the 18th century, and suggests that her motivations for electoral involvement, and those of other women like her, were personal, familial, and ideological — not unlike those of their male counterparts. By highlighting the electoral activities of a number of aristocratic widows, it allows us to gain a more rounded understanding of women's electoral involvement.

Keywords:   political involvement, Lady Irwin, Horsham, duke of Norfolk, electoral involvement, electoral politics

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