‘To Speak a Few Words of Comfort to Them:’ Conservative Women’s Support for Chamberlain and Appeasement

  • Julie V. Gottlieb


Any account of the ‘women worthies’ variety of the ‘Guilty Women’ is inevitably haphazard.1 High politics, and especially diplomacy, were still very much male domains in the late 1930s. Women’s influence, their impact on crises in international relations, and their culpability and agency too, manifested itself in more subtle ways. Taking account of the women in and around the Cliveden Set and those who were in intimate contact with the ‘Men of Munich’ can therefore only reveal so much. To provide a more nuanced women’s history of the political and international crises of the late 1930s we need to consider how women in the Conservative Party provided emotional subsidy, intellectual justification and the indelible impression of firm public support for appeasement and for the appeasers. Arguably, it was their support at the party level that gave their mainly male political leaders in the National Government the confidence to proceed as they did.


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  • Julie V. Gottlieb
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  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK

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