Women and the Labour Vote, 1945-50

Hinton, James
December 1992
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter92, Vol. 57 Issue 3, p59
Academic Journal
This article discusses labor vote and the status of women in British politics from 1945 to 1950. There has been surprisingly little discussion of the women's vote in this period. Despite the existence of opinion polls, none of the contemporary election studies even mentioned the influence of gender on voting. One reason why working-class women did not turn against the Labour Government may have been that they recognised that its policies served their interests. The absence of a revolt against Labour among working-class housewives may reflect, not only calculations of material interest, but also the quite different attitude adopted by women and men to the insistent demands of 1940s' governments for self-sacrifice.


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