Liberal Politics, Women and the Public Sphere

  • Helen LoaderEmail author


The formalisation of political and administrative structures within British society in the second half of the nineteenth century opened up new opportunities for women to participate in the public sphere. In Oxford and the surrounding area, T. H. Green took a leading role as a Liberal councillor in encouraging people from all social backgrounds to take a more active political role in their communities. In this chapter, I examine the ways in which Mary Ward’s public profile and status as a female writer simultaneously enabled and limited her ability to participate in political activities, debates and events that shaped late-Victorian British and Edwardian society.


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  1. 1.Centre for History of Women’s EducationUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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