First published in 1984, Women and the Public Sphere is a collection of essays which challenges the argument that a woman’s sphere is private with relation to politics, and shows it to be profoundly mistaken. The authors demonstrate how all the traditions of political analysis have failed to take into account women’s capacity for political action and thought, and argue for a reconstruction of political analysis which recognizes the importance of gender. The essays are written from different political perspectives, and at different points in time. They span critique and reconstruction, pinpointing problems within the traditional literature, as well as challenging its conceptual framework. This engaging volume will have strong appeal for courses in gender studies, political science and sociology.

part One|79 pages

Women and work-based politics

part Two|86 pages

Women and electoral politics

chapter 9|4 pages


chapter 12|3 pages

Women and voting in Britain*

chapter 17|7 pages

Beyond leadership*

part Three|26 pages

Women and the public sphere: conclusions