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The Women in the Room


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Introduction Acknowledgements One: Trade Unionists Two: Socialists Three: Foundations Four: 'The Men's Party' Five: Women's Work Six: Breakthrough Seven: Suffrage and Sweating Eight: Changes Nine: The Great Unrest Ten: War and Peace Epilogue Timeline The Women in the Room Organisations and Acronyms Bibliography Notes Index

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Incisive new history of the early Labour Party - with the women written back in.

About the Author

Nan Sloane is the Director of the Centre for Women and Democracy. She is Training Coordinator of the Labour Women's Network, a former Labour councillor and Regional Director of the Labour Party. She is currently a member of Fawcett Society's 'Does Local Government Work for Women' Commission. She is the author In Our Own Words: A Dictionary of Women's Political Quotations; A Great Act of Justice: The Flapper Election and After and lead author of Sex & Power 2014: Who Runs Britain?


A truly worthy, long-overdue and brilliantly written tribute to the women who helped drive the rise of British socialism. * New Statesman *
[W]hen Sloane can muster sufficient detail to weld the personal to the political, her story is fascinating. ... Heartening as such stories may be, Sloane is also an unsparing chronicler who never glorifies her campaigners as a seamless sisterhood. * The Telegraph *
[...] Sloane succeeds throughout in offering a fresh and engaging account of the complex of organizations, debates and initiatives that contributed to Labour politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. * TLS Reviews *
[A] detailed history ... By 1918 some of the women who had worked with untiring commitment had died, others lived on to occupy high profile positions in the labour movement. Sloane's account successfully repositions their efforts and achievements. * Socialist History *

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