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Women: Power and Privilege

Suggested Reading

  • D. Andrew ‘Popular culture and public debate: London 1780’, Historical Journal (1996)
  • H. Barker & E. Chalus (eds) Gender in 18th-century England: roles, representation, responsibilities
  • E. Chalus Elite women in English political life c.1754-1790
  • L. Colley Britons: forging the nation 1707-1837 [Chapter 6]
  • L. Davidoff & C. Hall Family fortunes: men and women of the middle class, 1780-1850
  • A. Foreman, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire 
  • K. Gleadle and S. Richardson (eds) Women in British politics, 1760-1860: the power of the petticoat
  • K. Gleadle, Borderline Citizens
  • J.S. Lewis Sacred to female patriotism: gender, class and politics in late Georgian Britain
  • S. Richardson, The Political Worlds of Women: Gender and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain
  • A. Stott Hannah More: the first Victorian
  • A. Vickery (ed) Women, privilege, and power: British politics 1750 to the present



  • Were women able to participate in politics in this period?
  • What strategies did they use?
  • What were the limitations on their participation?
  • What arguments did women themselves put forward for increased participation in public life?

Gainsborough, Mrs Sarah Siddons (Web gallery of Art)