Saturday Lecture: 18th Century Women in Politics
Although eighteenth-century women could not vote, enter Parliament or hold public office, elite women had considerable influence in politics as controllers of parliamentary seats and as canvassers in elections. Their roles were accepted, but were sometimes controversial.
Additional information about this course
No concessions are available for Saturday Lectures.
To provide a brief introduction to the role of elite women in the politics of the eighteenth century.
Who is the course for?
Anyone interested in this period of history and politics
What topics will this course cover
The course will explain the nature of Georgian politics and show how, as members of ruling aristocratic families, women were expected to play political roles. Students will be shown case studies of prominent political women, and, through a study of contemporary caricatures, it will be explained why the activities of the Duchess of Devonshire were so controversial.
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
1. Understand the nature of Georgian politics 2. Name some prominent political women 3. Interpret some Georgian political caricatures
How will I know I'm making progress?
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Reading and information sources
No prior reading is necessary
What could the course lead to?
Students could read some biographies of political women or visit the National Portrait Gallery.