the changes in social and workforce behaviour over the past fifty years, the innate
conservative drives of women have surely remained the same. Whether running a Footsie 500 company or
working the night shift in a call centre, we’re still the nesters and relationship
builders. So are we taking advantage of new modes in attracting female voters?
has monopolised this area of the electorate for far too long, from the first
National Women’s Day in 1909, which was a socialist political initiative, to the
second 20-year wave of feminism which began in the 1960s. Somehow, women’s matters
have always been synonymous with left-wing thinking. But should it be that way anymore?
debate has been mostly about the equal pay and political representation issue. Apt
for the time. But so much so that during the Cool Britannia Blair era of the
1990s, married women who didn’t work full-time were made to feel inferior and
dated. The Left propaganda depicted the conservative woman as either patronised
into subservience (brain-dead) or
indulged and icily supercilious (spoilt).
Neither is a flattering picture, nor were they or are they remotely accurate.
is the time to set that record straight The majority of
conservative voters who happen to be women tend to be pragmatic,
realistic, family-friendly, perspicacious,
and – if you consider putting the needs of their husbands, children or
dependent relatives ahead of their own gratification and ego if and when the
time calls for it – super smart. In this way the MAHM
The group Mothers at Home Matter, which
wants the Government to tax families on the basis of household,
rather than the individual, have a strong point. They need support.
push for equality on all fronts has undoubtedly
meant advancement for women in some areas, but not all. The pace and competition
of City life during a recession is not for every female temperament, but a
domestic/home-based work option to fit in with children is no longer a foregone
option. Maybe because of this, like lost treasure, more traditional behaviour
patterns regarding family life are prized and on the return. And women are
Even UKIP is benefiting. Recently YouGov’s Stephan Shakespeare, suggested
women have played a major part in their recent surge in popularity. Is it that Farage’s
old fashioned swashbuckling approach invokes reminiscence of apple orchards and
1960s home life? Or is his rhetoric over immigration (less school places,
longer hospital queues and housing pressures) just playing up to female insecurities?
Boris Johnson’s recent article clearly pointed out
some of the problems facing the UK –"short-termism, inadequate management,
sloth, low skills, a culture of easy gratification and under-investment in
human and physical capital and infrastructure". These shortcomings display how
badly we need a return to core Conservative family values. Encouraging women’s flexibility
over working practices is key to this. Home is no longer a drab place, where
sandwiches are cut and washing hung. It’s also where children are happiest and
healthiest, were thousands of GDP boosting business ideas are dreamed up and
started out on, where internet-savvy workers earn their living. It’s eco-friendly,
community-restoring, efficient. And cool.
So the time is now ripe
for a change in the way we profile female voters. The Conservative party should
be their party of choice: hard on crime, strong on education, valuing those who
work hard, and want to get on–and that includes stay at home mothers. They also serve who only stand and wait.