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The Politics of Women's Liberation: A Case Study of an Emerging Social Movement and Its Relation to the Policy Process, by Jo Freeman

The Politics of Women's Liberation: A Case Study of an Emerging Social Movement and Its Relation... 790 I POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY quith's final conversion to the principl of e suffrage linked to personalit ex y, ­ pediency, or politics despit e the author's heavy reliance upon memoires for de­ tai l. " 'Asquith's failure to see either the necessity or the urgency of thi s [woman's suffrage] is the most serious criticism that can be made of his leadershi . p . .' due to the blindnes s of Asquith to the needs of the party and the opportunity it had to exploit electoral appointments (p. " 157]. Becaus e of Asquith , the Liberal party delayed passage of the Suffrage Act and lost the opportunity to make a peaceful chang e in the franchis by e adhering to its own ideology. Only the external pressures of World War I forced the party in 1918 to accede to the demands of its women. And thus the cycle re , ­ peated several times since, began: nationwide demands by women for political right s, neglected by government, resulting in frustrated hostilities culm , inati ng in advancements due to the exigency of war. The incongruit of y political ad ­ vancements for women being made during http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Political Science Quarterly Oxford University Press

The Politics of Women's Liberation: A Case Study of an Emerging Social Movement and Its Relation to the Policy Process, by Jo Freeman

Political Science Quarterly , Volume 90 (4): 2 – Dec 15, 1975

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1975 The Academy of Political Science
ISSN
0032-3195
eISSN
1538-165X
DOI
10.2307/2148781
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Abstract

790 I POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY quith's final conversion to the principl of e suffrage linked to personalit ex y, ­ pediency, or politics despit e the author's heavy reliance upon memoires for de­ tai l. " 'Asquith's failure to see either the necessity or the urgency of thi s [woman's suffrage] is the most serious criticism that can be made of his leadershi . p . .' due to the blindnes s of Asquith to the needs of the party and the opportunity it had to exploit electoral appointments (p. " 157]. Becaus e of Asquith , the Liberal party delayed passage of the Suffrage Act and lost the opportunity to make a peaceful chang e in the franchis by e adhering to its own ideology. Only the external pressures of World War I forced the party in 1918 to accede to the demands of its women. And thus the cycle re , ­ peated several times since, began: nationwide demands by women for political right s, neglected by government, resulting in frustrated hostilities culm , inati ng in advancements due to the exigency of war. The incongruit of y political ad ­ vancements for women being made during

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Political Science QuarterlyOxford University Press

Published: Dec 15, 1975

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